SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now there is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in place through 8 p.m. for most of Eastern Washington and North Idaho with periodic upgrades to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.
Brief but heavy downpours, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, damaging winds to 60 mph and ping pong size hail have been associated with this storm.
A tree came down on top of a car at Spofford and Wall in Northwest Spokane. No one was inside the car at the time. A tree fell onto a power line at Cedar and Longfellow, knocking power out in the area. And a power line was down at York and Washington in North Spokane.
As of 3:30 p.m., Avista reported it had about 1,600 customers without power. Most of those customers were in outlying areas, including Othello and Grangeville, ID. About 330 customers were without electricity in North Central Spokane. Inland Power had about 50 customers without power, and Kootenai Power reported scattered outages from Post Falls to Spirit Lake.
By 4:30 p.m. the number of outages grew by several thousand, with more than 6,000 customers without power in the Sandpoint area.
In some areas, the storm dumped rain at rate of up to an inch per hour, although official measurements weren't expected to be confirmed until early evening.
Friday's storm also produced dangerous hail in some places. A KHQ viewer in the Moses Lake area confirmed hail about an inch in diameter. Others reported seeing hailstones the size of golf balls.
Share your weather pictures with us on our Facebook page, upload them to our 'Weather' tab on KHQ.com, email them to email@example.com, or upload them on the new KHQ Weather Authority app. Once this set of storms moves out of the area, we are all in the clear! The weekend looks amazing, with beautiful blue skies and sunshine and temps in the low 80's.
Tonight: Decreasing thunderstorms and clouds.
Saturday: Beautiful, sunny day!
Sunday: Lots of Sunshine and pleasant temps.