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High Winds Do Big Damage in Yakima Area

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Crews continue to clean up after high winds blew through the Yakima area ripping trees out of the ground, and knocking down some power lines.

The gusts pushed through Monday afternoon, catching many people off guard.

The National Weather Service recorded gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
On our Facebook page, several people reported trees being ripped out of the ground. We saw this big one on its side near a home on 16th Avenue in Yakima. Luckily no one was around when it fell.

Cub Crafters, a Yakima based airplane manufacturer was also hit by the high winds.

Two of their planes were tossed around by the gusts, causing up to $10,000 in damage to the hand built planes. 

"Even though somebody had a hold of it, it still lifted up in the air on one wing, went over and contacted the wing tip with the pavement, and then flipped over and contacted with the other one before they could get it under control," Cub Crafters General Manager, Randy Lervold said.

Trees and branches broken by the wind also knocked out power for many.

Pacific Power says 20 separate outages occurred throughout the valley, affecting about a thousand people.

Crews did have power restored by about two Tuesday morning though.
But, with more high winds expected to come through Tuesday night, more damage could be coming.

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