Unusual Windstorm Triggers Power Outages and Blowing

Don Hammond, one of the owners of Fly Around Alaska, cinches a Piper Super Cub down at the Palmer Airport during a windstorm on Jan. 29, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)Winds blasting to close sea tempest constrain pounded Southcentral Alaska Sunday into Monday, activating force blackouts and making for a troublesome drive on the Glenn Highway.

The most grounded breezes — blasting from 65 to 70 mph — cried down the Matanuska River from downtown Palmer to the convergence of the Glenn and Parks interstates, National Weather Service meteorologist Eddie Zingone said.

Winter winds are just the same old thing new. Be that as it may, this tempest was strange on the grounds that a portion of the shoots influenced it to Anchorage to as opposed to blowing over Knik Arm, Zingone said. Merrill Field and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson estimated blasts in the scope of 40 to 52 mph Monday, he said.

Inhabitants from Birchwood to Houston announced power blackouts as winds thumped down electrical cables and caused other harm. Vast blackouts happened in downtown Eagle River and along Fairview Loop close Wasilla.

The Mat-Su Borough shut its landfill, close Palmer, because of 65 mph blasts. Strong waste authorities didn’t know whether they would revive Monday or Tuesday. The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management issued a message Monday morning warning Glenn Highway drivers of blowing snow between Palmer and Anchorage.

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Concerns about the weather prompted the Anchorage Police Department to cancel a SWAT training Monday at the city’s new outdoor tactical range. At Palmer’s air field, the constant barrage had at least one upside.

“The airport is now free of all snow,” said superintendent Frank Kelly.

The wind also led to another unusual weather situation: a 30-degree difference in temperature between East Anchorage’s Campbell Tract, windless and 5 below early Monday, and windy spots like Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, where temperatures stayed in the mid-20s. Talkeetna registered 23 degrees, while spots in Willow hit almost 20 below.

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