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Winds knock out power around Kenai Peninsula

Posted: September 6, 2012 - 8:52am  |  Updated: September 6, 2012 - 11:49am

Strong winds hit the Kenai Peninsula Tuesday through Thursday morning, knocking out power to more than 2,500 homes. 

Homer Electric Association crews restored power to all homes by Thursday at approximately 1:45 a.m., said Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesperson.

The storm buffeted 161 homes between Seldovia and Jakalof Bay with wind and rain around 4 p.m. Tuesday, knocking out power. Three hours later 394 homes in Homer lost power.

Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. 1,600 homes from Bernice Lake to the end of the Spur Highway lost power. By midnight 555 homes on South Miller Loop in Nikiski lost power.

HEA crews restored power to homes in Homer by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, and after taking a pilot boat to Seldovia, they restored power to the areas between Seldovia and Jakalof Bay by midnight, according to the press release.

By Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. HEA crews restored power to all Nikiski homes.

Nearly all the outages were from fallen trees on power lines.

Gallagher said HEA crews had been working through the night to restore power to the Peninsula.

HEA reminds people that all downed power lines should be considered live and deadly. If spotted people should immediately leave the area and contact HEA or public safety officials. 

Weather services expect the winds and rain to disperse by Thursday.

 

Dan Schwartz can be reached at daniel.schwartz@peninsulaclarion.com

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