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Yesterday's winds knockdown a tree and cause a power outage

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Valley experienced strong winds yesterday of up to 35 mph with gusts that reached 50 mph. The winds were so powerful that they knocked down a homeowners tree near the intersection of Walnut Ave and S 27th Ave. 

As the tree came down it got caught in power lines and left 1,5000 people in the area without electricity for about 1 hour, in addition the tree also damaged the property owners fence.

With this happening some people may be wondering if their insurance covers this type of damage. Dick Elliott, insurance agent at Elliott Insurance Service, said that most insurance companies cover damage from windstorms like the one that happened yesterday.

"Most home insurance policies include wind as part of a package," said Elliott. "A homeowners policy will give you the basics like fire and vandalism, but wind and hail are also included as part of the homeowners package."

Elliott also adds that during this time of the year windstorms are common and they can be damaging. It's recommended that homeowners take a look at there coverage to make sure that they know just exactly what is covered.