A dark and stormy night: High winds knock down trees, power lines

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Strong winds Monday afternoon took their toll on power lines hit by falling trees causing a number of electricity outages from Nikiski to Anchor Point.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Jeffery Johansen carries away a section of a spruce tree that was brought down in a neighbor's yard in Kenai by Monday's wind.

Homer Electric Association spokesman Joe Gallagher said the largest outage occurred in the Nikiski area at about 4:30 p.m., affecting 1,200 people from just past the Tesoro refinery to the end of the road.

"By 6:45 we had about half the people back on from the refinery to the shopping mall," Gallagher said. "The rest of the area to the end of the road was restored by 8:30."

Another large outage was in the Ciechanski Road area where power was out for 580 homes from 4 p.m. to 6:30.

HEA crews also responded to outages in the Lawton Drive area of Kenai and a neighborhood near Murwood Drive off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

In Anchor Point, 912 homes were dark from 7 to 9 p.m.

"As a reminder, people should always stay away from downed power lines," Gallagher said, adding any downed lines should be reported to HEA.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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