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

Spokane, Wash., June 22// -- Lightning and high winds moving through Spokane and the Inland Northwest tonight have caused wide-spread power outages impacting over 18,000 Avista Utilities customers in eastern Washington, with 16,000 of those outages impacting customers in Spokane County. Problems have included downed power lines, trees and limbs blown into lines, and lightning strikes on transmission lines.

Because the extent of the damage from the storm is still unfolding, the number of outages will be continually changing throughout the night, and there is no estimate at this time as to when service will be restored. However, Avista crews will be working through the night until all service has been restored.

As of 9:30 p.m. outages reported are:

Deer Park/Loon Lake – 2,472
Central Spokane – 82
Colville – 26
Davenport -- 68
East Valley – 2,744
North Spokane – 6
North Central Spokane – 2,318
Spokane Valley – 3,451
South Hill – 2,822
West Plains – 2,630
Pullman 1,500
Total Eastern Washington– 18,119

At this time other scattered outages have also been reported in Avista's northern Idaho service territory.

Avista Utilities reminds the public to report an outage or downed power line or by calling
(800) 227-9187. When reporting an outage, relay any information that can help determine the cause of the outage, such as a sound heard or something visual. 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.

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's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com) . Avista Corp.'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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