Power restored to most areas after early winter storm hits
An early winter storm swept in Tuesday, shown here from Cook Inlet on the Iliamna side. It was captured by Denise Jantz.
The heavy storm that blanketed southcentral Alaska Tuesday night left hundreds in the dark along Homer’s Baycrest Hill and West Hill area, along with much of the Kenai Peninsula.
But most power lines were restored within hours, according to the Homer Electric Association.
In the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage, wind gusts up to 100 mph knocked out power lines and took out trees by the roots. As of this morning, thousands of homes remain without power there.
The Homer Tribune, printed out of the Frontiersman in Wasilla, also was delayed in printing when the power went out. The newspaper is set to arrive in Homer at 3:30 p.m. today and will be distributed at usual stores and boxes around town.
Homer Electric Association crews found a tree on the line at Baycrest and were able to quickly make repairs and get the 394 homes in the area back on line at approximately 8 p.m.
HEA crews were already at work in Seldovia where a power outage at 4 p.m. left 161 members between Seldovia and Jakalof Bay without power.
A fallen tree caused the power outage in a damaged line on Lund Road off Jakalof Bay Road. On the north end of the Peninsula, HEA crews were responding to an outage in the Mackey Lake area. That outage began at about 8:15 p.m and impacted 108 HEA members.
As of 6 a.m. today, there are just two small outages remaining on the system at 3-Johns Road in Sterling involving 17 homes and in the OSK Dock area in Nikiski.
Almost all the outages were the result of trees coming into contact with power lines during the storm.
National Weather Service forecast:
A WEATHER FRONT MOVES INLAND OVER THE NORTHEAST GULF COAST BY THIS
AFTERNOON. A WEAK TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTH GULF COAST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE AREA THURSDAY NIGHT.
CAPE SUCKLING TO GORE POINT: GALE WARNING TODAY.
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on Sep 5th, 2012 and filed under Headline News
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