Power outages blamed on blustery, stormy weather

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- What utility officials say was one of the worst power outages here in 20 years came with two sequels.

Sunday night's blackout interrupted electrical service to all 29,000 or so Municipal Light & Power customers. It was followed Monday night by another that disrupted power to the Anchorage downtown and one Tuesday afternoon that left 15,000 customers without power.

The three outages apparently were unrelated except freakish weather was blamed for all.

Sunday's blackout struck about 9:50 p.m. and was thought to have been caused by lightning from a short but fierce storm that dumped heavy rain across Anchorage. Power was restored in most cases by midnight although some users had to wait until around 4 a.m.

Outages Monday and Tuesday apparently were caused by wind gusts knocking trees into power lines.

Utility officials said crews managed to quickly restore power to all customers.

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