Wind knocks down trees, power lines on central Peninsula

Monday’s wind knocked out trees and power around the central Kenai Peninsula.

Homer Electric Association estimated Monday afternoon that about 1,500 customers were without power. HEA representative Joe Gallagher said more outages were a possibility if the wind continued through the night.

“HEA has had numerous scattered outages,” Gallagher said.

Small areas in Soldotna, Nikiski, Sterling, Funny River and Kasilof lost power, largely due to fallen trees, Gallagher said.

The outages started early Monday morning. Gallagher said that some had quick fixes, while other areas took longer to clear.

“In some instances it’s a mess,” Gallagher said.

Some areas had flickering lights as trees were blown into lines and created brief power interruptions, Gallagher said.

Crews were expected to continue working until all power was back on.

Gallagher said that anyone who saw a down power line should call the association and leave the area.

“Any power line on the ground should be considered extremely dangerous,” he said.

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