Wind, downed trees affect power near Fairbanks

Dec 13, 2013 -- 10:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Unseasonable winter weather has again knocked out power to customers in Fairbanks and North Pole. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 4,500 homes were without electricity early Thursday after high winds blew trees covered by ice and snow into lines. It was the second significant outage of the week and third of December. Golden Valley Electric Association says the main outages were along Dawson Road north of North Pole and an area northeast of Fairbanks. Spokeswoman Cass Cerny described the morning as "cascading outages" with a lines getting fixed only to have a tree go down and knock out power elsewhere. GVEA recorded consistent winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph. An estimated 6,000 homes were left powerless Monday. 

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