A windstorm that brought gusts of more than 50 mph has knocked out power across much of the Anchorage area.
An Anchorage police dispatcher said early Wednesday that the storm caused extensive damage and that authorities were fielding many calls related to the storm. The National Weather Service says a gust of 58 mph has been reported.
According to the ADN’s Twitter feed the Anchorage School District has cancelled school today.
KTUU-TV reports that areas near downtown and South Anchorage were among the neighborhoods without power. Chugack Electric’s Burk Wick says the utility has “lots of feeder and transmission lines out.”
Wick estimated more than 10,000 customers are without power. Municipal Light & Power says that up to 15,000 customers could be in the dark.
A high-wind warning remains in effect until Wednesday morning for areas including East Anchorage and Turnagain Arm.
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