Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited Spokane on Tuesday to meet with local officials dealing with the aftermath of a major windstorm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of area residents.

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Officials with Avista Utilities in Spokane say they hope to have almost all customers’ power restored in Spokane before Thanksgiving day after a storm packing winds as high as 71mph hit the city last Tuesday.

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Spokane County and United Way have teamed up to help make sure that residents have their basic needs met in the aftermath of last week's Wind Storm. Areas that have been without power since the storm hit on Nov. 17 are the target for the latest volunteer initiative, Volunteer Spokane.

KPBX provides some relief from the effects of the Wind Storm with a FREE KPBX Kids' Concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. The Bing Crosby Theater has full power and heat.

Entertaing kids of all ages is one of Spokane's hottest Bluegrass groups, Brown's Mountain Boys.

Three members -- Mark Harding, Dan Gore and Kelly Bogan -- had played together for years in "Molly & Tenbrooks," and added the 'fiddle hotshot' Aaron Castilla to round out the quartet.

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It takes more than a wind storm to knock Spokane Public Radio off the air for long.

Power went off along North Monroe St. in Spokane a little before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17 during All Things Considered and the first day of a planned Fall Pledge Drive. A dozen volunteers and staffers had settled in for an afternoon of answering phones when a tree pulled loose power lines. The power transformer, installed just months before by Avista, exploded in a spectacular blue bolt of lightning and sent SPR off the air for the rest of the night.