Power restored in Anchorage, Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE — Separate power outages turned out the lights for about 8,000 customers in Alaska’s two largest cities.

By late Monday morning, power had been restored to South Anchorage and the Fairbanks area, officials said.

The outage in Anchorage affected about 6,300 customers, Chugach Electric told the Anchorage Daily News.

Power was restored after about an hour, and crews were still trying to determine what caused the outage at the Sand Lake Substation.

Heavy snow was being blamed for the outage in the Fairbanks area.

Cassandra Cerny, spokeswoman for the Golden Valley Electric Association, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that tree branches laden with snow touched power lines, knocking out power to about 1,500 homes.

The first to report outages Sunday night were customers in about 900 residences living from mile 8 to mile 25 of the Chena Hot Springs Road.

Then, about 630 residences in the North Pole area and some customers in Fairbanks lost power Monday morning.

About 4 inches of wet, heavy snow fell overnight, causing the problems, Cerny said.

Most power was restored by about 10 a.m. Monday, but Cerny said there were some small, isolated pockets where it would take longer to restore power.

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