Hundreds still without power after Southcentral windstorm
Wind gusts reported up to nearly 100 mph left thousands in the Anchorage Bowl without power Tuesday, as some outages continued into Wednesday.
Municipal Light & Power said on Twitter that power had been restored to all of its roughly 2,500 affected customers by 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. Chugach Electric reported more than 15,000 customers without power at the peak of the outage Tuesday, a number which had fallen to about 500 by noon Wednesday according to Chugach's outage map.
Chugach spokeswoman Julie Hasquet said crews had faced flying debris getting caught in lines Tuesday, as well as winds so strong they made it unsafe to work. Crews were continuing to address outages Wednesday, but couldn't give an estimate on when power might be restored.
"We hope to have everyone up today, but we can’t promise," Hasquet said. "We have a lot of small outages, single outages -- a tree in a line that just goes to your house."
In the Mat-Su, the Matanuska Electric Association's Facebook page reported about 270 people still without power overnight Tuesday, most in the Butte with 45 in Eagle River and Chugiak. The co-op's transmission line along the Glenn Highway temporarily went down, leaving some 13,000 people without power.
KTVA viewer Kevin Lewellyn shared a video of a transformer fire in trees near Elmore Road and 88th Avenue, as firefighters responded to the blaze just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
An entire roof was blown off a home on the Upper Hillside, leaving debris scattered across Sidorof Lane.
"I don't want to call it a tornado," neighbor Casey Cossaboom said, "but it was the closest Alaska gets to a tornado."
Multiple trees were downed due to the wind gusts, and there were reports of several intersections without functioning stoplights.
KTVA's Dave Goldman, after hearing a tree had fallen onto his home in south Anchorage, said the light at Huffman Road and Lake Otis Parkway was out.
"It's a huge mess down here," Goldman said.
At the KTVA studios in the Airport Heights neighborhood, pieces of the roof could be heard and seen blowing away from the newsroom on the second floor.
A viewer named Jenny shared two photos of her SUV -- after it had reportedly been involved in a hit-and-run with a rogue trampoline.
Here's what it looked like near Glen Alps between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The wind was blowing water ashore at Beluga Point and was strong enough to support KTVA reporter Lauren Maxwell when she leaned into it at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Chief Meteorologist Carlos Faura says the highest wind gust recorded in the muni Tuesday was recorded at Rabbit Creek, with an elevation of 1,275 feet -- they saw a 96 mph wind gust!
In the Anchorage Bowl near New Seward and Huffman, the top gust was recorded at 60 mph. In Palmer, 55 mph. The top wind gust, and Anchorage's official top gust, is recorded at Ted Stevens International Airport at 49 mph. Lastly, McHugh Creek, with an elevation of 748 feet, saw an 85 mph gust Tuesday.
A High Wind Warning was in effect for the Turnagain Arm, Upper Hillside and east Anchorage until 7 p.m. Tuesday, with winds not expected to wind down until after midnight.
Heavy rain will still be falling in Prince William Sound and the Eastern Kenai Peninsula with some rain showers possible in Anchorage and other areas west of the mountains Tuesday evening. Wednesday will be breezy in Anchorage with windy conditions in exposed areas like Hillside and Turnagain Arm where gusts could still blow 30 to 40 mph.
KTVA viewers have been sending in photos and videos of wind damage from across the city. If you're able to safely snap a weather photo or video, email it to ShareIt@KTVA.com. We also welcome any news tips-- such as downed power lines, fires or intersections without working traffic lights.
If you see a downed power line, do not approach it! Call your local utility company for assistance.
Carlos Faura contributed to this report.
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