Update: power outages persist

About 800 homes were without power Thursday afternoon as a result of wind damages to power lines throughout the Kenai Peninsula.

At noon, the Kenai Peninsula Borough closed the temporary shelter at the Kenai Armory. The Kenai and Nikiski fire stations are still set up as temporary warming stations.

According to a statement from Homer Electric Association’s Joe Gallagher, most of the outages were in Nikiski, with a few outages in Sterling and along Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Thursday at noon, crews planned to work on a number of outages. Those included the north end of Holt Lamplight Road, Taurianen Trail, the Halibouty Road area, the Northwood/Kiska area, Neighbors Drive and Island Lake, all in Nikiski. Repair work was also planned on Kalifornsky Beach Road, in the Denise Lake and Longmere Lake areas around the Sterling Highway north of Soldotna, and on Cohoe Loop near Kasilof.

HEA does not have an exact time when power will be restored, but it is likely that work will continue through the day on Thursday, and possibly Friday. The association brought in extra linemen to help with the repair work.

The association has asked that people stay away from downed power lines, and report those and any outages to 1-888-868-8243.

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