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Heavy winds cause damage, power outages

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Heavy wind gusts damaged power poles and caused several power outages in the Yakima Valley Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Pacific Power says there were at least two power poles damaged in the wind storm.

There were several outages reported in Yakima, Naches Heights area, and Tieton affecting more than 200 customers. Pacific power says power has been restored for customers in that area.

Around 2:30pm a large branch of a tree fell on the roadway at East "D" street, just a few yards away from one of the fire departments.

On the same street, power lines fell on a white SUV while a woman was still inside it. Crews say the woman did the right thing by staying inside her vehicle. They say anytime a line is down it could be live, posing extreme danger to you or anyone else around.

KNDO spoke to Isabella Kierendera, who says she saw the whole incident unfold. "One of the signs out here that is out on the road, hit the building first and that caught my attention over there...and then the tree just fell and the power lines went down," Kierendera said.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the winds knocked out power to more than 1,000 customers in Toppenish and Wapato, according to Pacific Power.

To report outages in your area or to get more information, you can call Pacific Power toll free at 1-877-508-5088. You can also visit their website by clicking here.

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