Small power outages reported on peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

More than a half-dozen scattered power outages dotted the central Kenai Peninsula Tuesday, caused by snow falling off transmission lines.

"We have heavy, wet snow load up on the lines, and when it falls off, the lines swing together, causing a fault," said Homer Electric Association spokesperson Sandra Ghormley.

Outages began at about 1:30 Tuesday morning and continued into midday. Ghormley characterized the outages as small, because of the small number of consumers affected.

"It was just little pockets of outages," she said.

Twenty consumers in Mackey Lake were without power Tuesday morning, while 50 were affected by an outage in the Strawberry Road area of Kenai.

Other outages occurred in Kasilof, Sterling, Soldotna and along parts of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Ghormley said everybody who experienced an outage regained power by early afternoon.

She said there were no reports of trees falling or sagging onto power lines.

"That means we've been very effective in clearing away what we call danger trees that fall on the power lines," she said.

As always, consumers are urged to save their work on computers often and use surge protectors on delicate electronic equipment.

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