Power back to Kenai and Homer homes

The approximately 4,500 Homer Electric Association homes from Kenai to Homer that lost power earlier today are now back online, according to an HEA press release.

HEA crews restored power at about 11:40 a.m. today.

HEA currently does not know the cause of the outage. 

Thirty homes in Port Graham to Nanwalek areas are still relying on generators for power.

HEA crews are currently en route.

Generator-opperators need to ensure they are using their generators correctly, HEA spokesperson Melissa Carlin said. If operated incorrectly, generators may send power through the electric system and injure or kill HEA crews working on the power lines.

There must be a transfer switch with a visual opening between the generator and the HEA system, according to the press release.

HEA also said to avoid all downed power lines. They can kill, and should be avoided.

All downed power lines need to be reported to HEA at 1-888-868-8243.

This is breaking news. It will be updated soon.

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