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Windy Wednesday knocks out power in Western Montana

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Gerald Avenue Wind Damage
Posted at 11:30 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 14:53:17-05

MISSOULA — The windy weather has been causing power outages across Western Montana.

The National Weather Service in Missoula was reporting that a 125 mph wind gust was recorded on the west face of Mount Sentinel.

Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) was reporting that over 4,300 members were in the dark as of 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

The larger outages were being reported in the Bonner, Frenchtown and Tarkio areas.

Additionally, several outages were being seen in the Condon and Seeley Lake areas.

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MEC noted in a social media post that wind gusts in some areas have topped 70 mph and there are some problems with NorthWestern Energy's transmission lines.

NorthWestern Energy additionally reported that over 650 customers were without power in St. Regis.

The University of Montana issued an alert on Wednesday morning warning of downed trees on campus.