Windstorm cuts power to large areas of Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2001

SOLDOTNA (AP) -- Some residents of the Kenai Peninsula were cut off from electric power for more than a day when a windstorm whipped across the region over the weekend.

Winds up to 80 mph knocked down hundreds of trees late Friday night and early Saturday, taking power lines down with them, said Joe Gallagher of Homer Electric Association.

Ten workers were called in from Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage to help about 16 HEA linemen repairing the lines Sunday, Gallagher said.

The major problems were along the North Fork Road near Anchor Point, Gallagher said. Homes near Soldotna and the Seldovia area were also affected.

Gallagher said HEA officials had no estimate of the number of homes affected.

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