What you can do to prepare for a major power outage

LEWISTON, ID - A storm that ripped through the northwest last weekend caused thousands of people to lose power in the Spokane area.

More than 48,000 people were affected by the outage. That number is now down to about 33,000. Crews from Avista in the Valley are up in Spokane right now helping to restore the power.

Small power outages happen throughout the year, but what should you do to prepare for a long power outage like this one?

"You want to make sure you're prepared," said Avista Regional Business Manager, Mike Tatko. "That means having water on-hand, nonperishable food items, a manual can opener. You can't rely on anything that uses electricity because you may not have it. Also, you want to make sure your cell phone is charged and you have a battery-powered radio. That way you can check the status of power outages and the weather status without having to plug something in."

At this point, 89-percent of power has been restored. Tatko predicts 95-percent will be restored by 10:00 Monday night.

There was also an outage in Clarkston on Sunday, but it wasn't caused by the storm. Tatko said a bird got into a substation on Pound Lane, which caused 2,000 people to lose power but everything in Clarkston has been restored.