Walla Walla County: Storms cause plane to flip, power outages

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COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — Heavy winds and rainstorms on Tuesday afternoon caused trouble in Walla Walla County including an incident involving a flipped plane and numerous reports of a power outage in the area.

According to Pacific Power, which serves Walla Walla and parts of College Place, hundreds of customers are experiencing power outages caused by the wind and fallout from the weather conditions. Crews are on the scene along the East side of Walla Walla where falling trees and winds have been determined as the cause of outages that are impacting nearly 400 customers.

The earliest reported incident that’s still being serviced happened at 1:21 p.m. Smaller power outages are impacting parts of College Place and a region north of Touchet (area code 99360). Service has since been restored for many customers, but at one point, nearly 2,000 customers were left without power in the afternoon of June 15, 2021.

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Additionally, weather conditions caused some trouble at Martin Field. KAPP-KVEW confirmed with the College Place Police Department that a small plane was flipped over at the airfield due to strong winds and accompanying weather conditions.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Pendleton announced this morning that thunderstorms and showers would move through Northeastern Oregon.

This is a developing news story. An update or follow-up will be issued if/when more information becomes available.

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