10/28/13 - 8:53pm
ANCHORAGE — Powerful winds toppled trees onto power lines in southcentral Alaska on Monday, leaving thousands of people without electricity.
High winds overnight were caused by a front moving into the area, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Tom Pepe said wind gusts were reported ranging between 78 mph and 106 mph, but blowing much harder through narrow passes.
“With terrain-driven gusts, you basically have a real smorgasbord of ranges,” he said.