• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 9s

100-plus mph winds wreak havoc

By KTVA Alaska 7:34 PM February 7, 2014

Power company crews rush to restore power to thousands of Alaskan homes

ANCHORAGE - Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. That was the plan of action for Mat-Su Valley power providers Friday.

“We’ve been watching the storm for a few days, tracking the high winds,” said Julie Estey, director of public relations for Matanuska Electric Association. “We had both our own crews and some contract crews on call and ready to respond. We were expecting some pretty significant outages.”

According to the National Weather Service, Chief Cove saw gusts at 77 mph, winds in Fort Peak reached 106 mph, Anchorage saw 50 mph winds and Black Cape saw 97 mph winds.

Whistling winds traveling at triple-digit speeds were too powerful for some trees that toppled onto power lines.

At one point MEA had 3,500 customers without power, Estey said, and that’s just in the Mat-Su Valley. A couple hundred miles south, Homer Electric Association reported nearly 1,400 members left in the dark. Thanks to planning and preparation, power companies reported the blackouts didn’t last long.

“Crews have been responding and restringing the lines, removing the trees and restoring power pretty quickly,” Estey said.

Although most power has been restored, meteorologists said the calm after the windstorm won’t be arriving just yet. Meteorologists expect a breezy weekend ahead.

Another thing high winds brought to Southcentral Alaska were wind chill factors in some places 20 degrees less than the posted temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Parnell fires more National Guard leaders; Walker says ‘too little, too late’

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 23:05

    Alaska’s governor has removed three leaders of the Alaska National Guard, effective immediately. A release from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office states that these transitions in the Guard’s senior leadership were made Monday at the governor’s direction. The removal of the three officials comes at a time when Parnell is in the process of selecting a permanent […]

  • News

    Girl Scouts bring special-needs shopping carts to Sitka

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 20, 19:46

    For those who have children with special needs, everything is a bit more challenging. Recently, Sitka resident Jeff Bentley brought his daughter, Jema, along on a trip to the grocery store. The five-year-old has epilepsy and cerebral palsy. “Jema, you want to sit in the cart?” Bentley asked her. The father says even a trip to […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 20

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 20, 19:44

    Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound can expect clearing skies with some lingering snow showers in the morning. In the Southeast, showers will happen south of Sitka with a possibility of showers to the north. Patchy fog will develop along the land areas. Interior areas will have cloudy skies and flurries possible, while the North […]

  • Lifestyle

    Web Extra: Digging out

    by John Thain on Oct 20, 18:59

    We knew it was coming, but today’s snowfall still felt like a surprise. Were you ready for the snow? We asked some Rabbit Creek residents how they felt about the area’s first measurable snowfall of the season.

  • News

    First snow greets Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 20, 18:42

    Anchorage’s first measurable snowfall of the season took some people by surprise, while others accepted it in stride. Darnell Little says he knew on Sunday that Monday’s snowfall would take place — not because he heard the weather forecast, but because he looked up at the mountains. “I told my wife, ‘I can’t see the […]

  • News

    ASD bans military recruiters after reports of alleged misconduct

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 18:01

    The Anchorage School District has banned all military recruiters from the district’s campuses until further notice. This decision comes in light of recent reports that allege members of the Alaska Army National Guard’s recruiting staff made inappropriate advances toward high school students. Superintendent Ed Graff with the Anchorage School District says last week’s leak of […]

  • Politics

    Early voting begins in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 15:49

    Those who lined up at the Division of Elections headquarters in midtown Anchorage this morning were among the first in the state to cast their ballots for November’s general election. Voters across Alaska have more opportunity than ever before to vote early as the DOE has added 130 new locations for absentee and early voting. Those […]

  • News

    Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 15:25

    U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has urged the president to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Begich said such “sensible travel restrictions” must be considered to help contain the outbreak in West Africa and prevent its spread to the U.S. U.S. […]