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Avista Reports Numerous Outages from Afternoon Storm
To report an outage or downed power line to Avista, call customer service at (800) 227-9187

Spokane, Wash., August 12// -- Strong winds, thunderstorms and rain this afternoon caused numerous power outages for Avista customers throughout the region. At 9:00 p.m., approximately 7,000 customers were without service in the following areas:

Spokane area – 3,304
Deer Park/Loon Lake - 230
Colville – 1,782
Davenport – 296
Othello - 10
Coeur d&apos;Alene –266
Palouse – 1,030

Customers without power should contact Avista at (800) 227-9187. Notifying Avista is the best way to find out more about the outage, and it will also help the company determine the scope of the outage in your neighborhood. Because of the widespread nature of these outages, service restoration times will vary; however, all available Avista crews will work around the clock until power has been restored to customers.

Downed Power Lines
Citizens are cautioned to stay away from downed power lines. If you see a downed power line, call Avista at (800) 227-9187 immediately to report its location. Never touch or attempt to remove fallen limbs from downed or sagging power lines. Treat all power lines as if they are energized, or carrying electrical current. Remember to keep all children and pets away from the area.

During a Power Outages:
. Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronic equipment, even if you have surge protectors.
. Set air conditioning thermostats at a high temperature.
. Turn on a porch light so repair crews and you will know when power is restored to your home.
. Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fuels or cook on items not meant for indoor use, such as a grill. They can create deadly fumes if used indoors.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 330,000 electric and 285,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista&apos;s non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com) . Avista Corp.&apos;s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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Debbie Simock






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