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High winds down limbs, cause damage across Treasure Valley

The storm brought brief periods of rain, along with wind gusts that hit 60 mph in some parts of the Treasure Valley.

BOISE, Idaho — A wind and thunderstorm that blew into the area Tuesday evening left damage in its wake in the form of downed limbs and toppled trees. 

The storm brought brief periods of rain, along with wind gusts that hit 60 mph in some parts of the Treasure Valley.

Scattered power outages have also been reported, with neighborhoods affected in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Caldwell and Middleton. Idaho Power is aware of the outages, according to the agency, and is working to fix them. 

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A larger outage affecting more than 400 customers is also going on north of Smiths Ferry. A crew is still on the way to that site, but have not yet determined when the electricity will be back on. Visit the Idaho Power outage map here to check on restoration efforts in your area.

Multiple KTVB viewers sent photos or videos of the outcome in their neighborhoods. Others captured shots of lightning strikes tearing across the sky, or the thick dust that enveloped their homes like a cloak.

Whitney Danos of Marsing shared images after several trees fell over at her house, toppling into her yard and onto the roof. Luckily, Danos said, neither her family nor any of their animals were hurt.

Both Dust Storm Warnings and High Wind Warnings had been issued for the area as the unsettled air moved in, with officials warning travelers to be cautious on the roads due to the strong gusts and decreased visibility.

More gusty winds are expected Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, primarily in the area south of the Snake River. The disturbance is not expected to be as strong as in Tuesday's storm, however. 

If you took photos or videos during the storm, share them with us through the Near Me tab in the KTVB.COM app or on the Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook page. 

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