BOISE, Idaho -- Isolated thunderstorms, high winds, and reports of lightning strikes are creating a hassle for many throughout southwest Idaho Tuesday.

The line of storms began moving through the Treasure Valley late Monday night, followed by wind speeds of up to 35 m.p.h. late Tuesday morning.

A flash-flood watch was issued on Tuesday for areas scarred by forest fires in parts of Valley and Elmore counties.

The watch is particulary concerning for those traveling on Hwy. 55 near the Banks-Lowman-Smith's Ferry area where mud slides and rock falls are a danger. Officials say mud and rock slides can happen hours after a heavy rain.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Elmore County at 11:30 a.m. The warning included storm winds capable of blowing over 60


Tuesday's rain showers and high winds are also expected to cause periodic power outages throughout the Treasure Valley.

Idaho Power media representative Brad Bowlin told KTVB that several, small, weather-related outages had been reported Tuesday by 10 a.m.

A power outage affecting ove 2,400 customers was reported shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday in Nampa.

That outage affected customers in Nampa for approximately 4 hours, and Idaho power says that particular outage was caused by a downed power line.

The following local areas are currently experiencing weather related problems:

  • Standing or sheeting water on I-84 from Meridian Road east to the I-184 connector
  • A burning power pole on Federal Way in Boise
  • Power lines down in the Warm Springs area of Boise

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

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