Winds cause scattered outages

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010

The gusts of wind that rocked the Central Kenai Peninsula and the rest of the state this Friday caused some scattered power outages and Homer Electric Association is standing by to clear any other power lines the rest of the weekend.

"We're probably not out of the woods yet but we're hoping the worst is behind us," said Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesperson.

He said the strong winds Friday morning caused some outages in Nikiski and in the Soldotna area near the Kenai Peninsula Borough building but by the evening the winds really picked up.

"Our crews were out working all night long," Gallagher said.

From 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, HEA lineman fixed lines in the Nikiski area, he said.

"When the winds blow like that trees come down," he said. "100 percent of the outages were caused by tress coming into contact with the power line."

According to the National Weather Service forecast for the western Kenai Peninsula, winds could get up to 25 miles per hour today and up to 30 miles per hour tonight and Monday.

Gallagher said HEA would monitor the weather to fix any other outages that may occur.

"The system really did hold up quite well when you consider the impact of those winds," he said.

He attributed this to HEA's right-of-way tree clearing efforts over the past five years.

"When you see a big windstorm like we had in the last 24 hours the clearing effort really pays off, without that we would have had more outages," he said.

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