Juneau power outage caused by high winds

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

JUNEAU - Heavy winds blew a tree into a power line near downtown Juneau, causing brief power outage Wednesday.

Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. Vice President Scott Willis said about 4,000 customers, in downtown Juneau and Douglas Island, were affected for 30 minutes, starting at about 2 p.m.

The Juneau area experienced winds of between 50 and 60 miles per hour Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Brian Bezenek said a monitoring station on Sheep Mountain recorded winds up to 128 miles per hour.

Bezenek said another weather system was likely to bring high winds and heavy rain Thursday evening as well.

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