Violent winds knocked out power to more than a thousand homes Monday night.

97.1 KXRX logo
Get our free mobile app
Law enforcement agencies from all over the region are reporting various incidents due to the high winds and are advising motorists to drive with caution. Blowing dirt and dust contributed to one motorist leaving the roadway.

According to the NWS in Pendleton, winds are expected to increase overnight.

NWS Pendleton-Facebook
NWS Pendleton-Facebook

These are the maximum peak gusts that were reported from around the area. At one point, winds were as high as 64 mph at the Pasco Airport.

High winds and heavy snow will make travel extremely difficult in areas.


Remember to leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Have a safety road travel kit with necessities, such as water, a phone charger, winter wear and snacks.

A semi overturned blocking a roadway for quite some time. Please travel with caution.

TIPS: Here's how you can prepare for power outages

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

25 costliest hurricanes of all time

Although the full extent of damage caused by Hurricane Ian in the Southwest is still being realized, Ian is already being called one of the costliest storms to ever hit the U.S. Stacker took a look at NOAA data to extrapolate the costliest U.S. hurricanes of all time.  

KEEP READING: Get answers to 51 of the most frequently asked weather questions...

More From 97.1 KXRX