Wind and rain pummel Boise [w/video, photos]

June 19, 2013 

Wind speeds reached 46 mph Tuesday evening, swirling dust and knocking down trees across the Treasure Valley.

Gusts were even more powerful to the southeast. The National Weather Service measured wind speeds of 57 mph in Mountain Home.

The NWS issued a blowing dust advisory for Wednesday.

Despite the windy weather and a multitude of fallen branches and trees, Idaho Power spokesman Kevin Winslow said outages in the Boise area were minimal.

"We had some scattered ones," he said. "For the severity of the storm, we didn’t really have much in the Treasure Valley."

A few pockets of seven or eight customers lost power, Winslow said. Electricity has been restored in all of those cases.

"We’re always working to make the system harder, and that paid off last night," he said.

Ada County Dispatch received a number of calls about downed trees.

The windstorm also prompted calls from residents in Canyon County, although a dispatcher said she did not know the nature of the calls.

Wild weather continued Wednesday as showers passed over the Treasure Valley. Rain and possible thunderstorms are expected to continue into the evening.

Despite the downpour Wednesday afternoon, Les Bois Park will still hold racing Wednesday evening, with post time at 5:30 p.m., and the Boise Hawks' 7 p.m. home game against Salem-Keizer will still be held as planned.

Reader Michael Smith of Caldwell took the following video of the storm front moving in Tuesday:

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