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Strong winds blow cargo units off dock in Kodiak

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- Strong winds tore through Kodiak over the weekend, shutting down power and blowing three empty 40-foot refrigerator cargo units at the CSX Lines dock into the water.

''On Saturday, we had a peak wind of 54 mph from the northwest,'' meteorologist Jim Methven said. Sunday, northwest winds whipped even harder. At 8:20 a.m. the National Weather Service recorded a 61 mph gust.

CSX manager Cliff Farley said company officials believe the cargo vans were blown off the dock early Sunday morning.

''All three are a total loss,'' Farley said. The container vans are valued at $8,000 to $10,000 each.

Harbor master personnel, Lash Corp., AMAK Towing, diver Lon White, state troopers and International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers participated in the recovery.

''Everybody was standing by around the clock yesterday waiting for the winds to come down (and) at first light today, it took about an hour from the time the crane was positioned to have all three back on the dock,'' Farley said Monday. ''We have a ship coming in at noon today, so the pressure was on to clean up the area.''

Farley said there was no evidence of any sheen or release of contaminants from the refrigeration units.

The wind knocked out power in Kodiak at about 6 a.m. Sunday and it was restored to most homes about two hours later.



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