Storm knocks out power on peninsula

Homer Electric Association crews responded to multiple outages throughout the day and into the late evening hours on Monday, Feb. 26, in response to scattered outages caused by high winds on the Kenai Peninsula. According to an HEA press release, the storm caused outages in Kasilof, Homer, Kenai, Anchor Point, and the south side of Kachemak Bay. HEA reported these incidents:

• City of Homer, 1,064 members, no cause determined;

• Old Sterling Highway, 20 members, downed tree on a power line;

• Homer, Bear Creek Drive, 53 members, from a downed wire;

• South Kachemak Bay — Halibut Cove, Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek, 621 members.

• Homer, Skyline Drive, 405 members, downed wire.

After the initial outage, Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek were placed on a generator, leaving only 164 members without power.

At 10 p.m. Monday, the generators tripped off line, leaving all of Seldovia without power.

Crews were dispatched to the south side of the bay on Tuesday morning and restored power to Seldovia around 12:50 p.m. Crews continue restoration efforts Tuesday afternoon.

In its press release, HEA thanked customers for its patience.

HEA also cautioned people to stay away from downed power lines, which may still be live, and call HEA at 888-868-8243 or 911 to report them immediately.