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Fairbanks hit by harsh winter weather

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:52 PM November 14, 2013

Widespread power outages and poor road conditions close schools, public buildings Thursday morning

ANCHORAGE -  Severe weather led to widespread power outages, poor road conditions and school closures in Fairbanks Thursday.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s website announced emergency closures throughout the community as of 6:40 a.m. The Noel Wien and North Pole branch libraries, borough recreation facilities and the Borough Administrative Center are all closed Thursday. Buses will still operate unless road conditions continue to deteriorate, the website stated.

Some classes are cancelled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where students said ice blanketed the campus overnight. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is closed.

More than 8,000 people were without power Thursday morning. At 8:45 a.m., Golden Valley Electric Association said 13 crews were in the field working to remove downed trees from electric lines and repair other damage. A statement on the company’s website said some customers had reported small explosions, and fuses were blown around the borough.

It could take up to 24 hours to restore power, GVEA stated.

At Fairbanks International Airport, officials warned to users to secure their aircraft in the face of strong winds.

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