Story last updated at 3:09 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Wind causes power outages across peninsula
by Chris Bernard
Staff Writer

Homer Electric Association customers around the Kenai Peninsula lost power Monday night when high winds pushed trees into power lines.

Outages affected customers in Homer, Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, Sterling and the south side of Kachemak Bay.

HEA crews worked throughout the evening and into the early morning to restore the system.

Power was restored to the majority of customers by 1 a.m. Tuesday, said Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesman. Crews continued to work throughout Monday night and Tuesday to complete repairs.

Parts of Sterling, Soldotna and North Kenai, and residents of Halibut Cove, Peterson Bay and Jakolof Bay were still without power Tuesday afternoon.

"If you encounter downed power lines, please avoid the area and call the local Homer Electric office," Gallagher said. "Homer Electric appreciates your patience during this time."

Residents without power should contact HEA at 235-8551.

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