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Posted on Nov 19, 2015

Storm shuts down I-90 near George

Staff report

The Tuesday windstorm that blew through the region recorded gusts of up to 97 mph at Priest Rapids Dam.
Only minor damages were being reported across the county Wednesday morning. The southeastern part of Grant County was among the hardest hit by the winds. Three semi-trucks were blown over in the storm, including two at Highway 26 and Beverly Burke Road and another at Highway 243 near Beverly, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported.
State officials closed I-90 from George to Vantage about 2 p.m. on Tuesday because blowing dust caused poor visibility. Eventually, the interstate was closed from Ritzville to Kittitas County.
The blowing dust also caused the closure of highways 17, 26 and 395. On Wednesday, all highways and I-90 were open.
Scattered power outages also were reported on Tuesday throughout the county, including in the Royal Slope, Ephrata, Soap Lake and Moses Lake areas.
Crews worked through the night restoring power, said Chuck Allen, Grant PUD spokesman. On Wednesday morning, only a few isolated areas around Mattawa remained without power.