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High winds tear through Western Montana

Power outages and downed trees reported
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Posted at 7:55 PM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 16:30:06-05

MISSOULA — From power outages to downed trees, the high winds tearing across Western Montana on Monday evening are leaving their mark.

The winds reached peak gusts of 67 mph around 6:30 p.m. at the Missoula International Airport.

In Missoula alone, hundreds were without power as of 7:15 p.m., according to NorthWestern Energy. The Missoula Fire Department reported a downed power line along Brooks Street in the Rose Park area.

The outages also impacted Missoula's traffic as several stoplights, including at the intersection of Highway 93/Brooks Street and Miller Creek Road, were out. As a reminder, if signal lights are not working, intersections should be treated as a 4-way stop.

Flathead Electric was also reporting outages in the Flathead with 800 consumers affected near Kila due to a tree in the line.

KPAX's STORMTracker Weather team has 24/7 coverage of Western Montana's weather on the KPAX Streaming App. On Tuesday morning, meteorologist Lewis Dortch will join you LIVE from the App to update you on the cold front moving through our area.

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Click here for more information on how to download your free copy and join Lewis at 7 a.m. Tuesday!