Storm brings high winds, falling trees and the potential for flooding to Juneau this weekend

Workers remove a tree on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 that crashed onto the roof of a house Mendenhall Peninsula Road in during overnight storms Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

Residents of Mendenhall Peninsula Road addressed widespread damage on Saturday after high winds brought down multiple trees which damaged cars and homes. 

Alaska Electric Light & Power addressed multiple power outages on Friday evening and through Saturday.

Most of Southeast Alaska was under a high-wind warning and flood watch going into the weekend as forecasters warned of downed trees causing outages.  That’s exactly what Alaska Electric Light & Power says happened causing ongoing outages in the Mendenhall Peninsula and Engineers Cutoff areas early Saturday morning. The company reports that a few other places are without power and are asking that anyone outside of those areas call 586.2357 to report it. 

The company tweeted that significant line damage, broken poles and damaged transformers from downed trees will likely take the better part of the day to repair and restore power in those areas.  Community members also posted on social media about close calls with downed trees. Juneau saw gusts of up to 69 miles per hour — but the high winds have died down since then and the high wind warning has been cancelled. 

AEL&P said on social media late Saturday that crews would be working into the night to restore power on the Mendenhall Peninsula.

The storm that rolled through Southeast produced between 3 to 5 inches of rain in 48 hours according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to continue through the weekend.  Forecasters also said near Eaglecrest that rain would likely turn into snow showers late Saturday evening; though they expect little accumulation. 

This story has been updated. 

Rashah McChesney

Daily News Editor, KTOO

I help the newsroom establish daily news priorities and do hands-on editing to ensure a steady stream of breaking and enterprise news for a local and regional audience.

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