- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Strong winds on Saturday caused widespread power outages in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/T2cWGo) that gusts of winds knocked down power lines around the city.

Municipal Light and Power spokeswoman Ronnie Dent said between 70 and 80 percent of Anchorage was without power Saturday morning. She did not have an estimate of how many homes and businesses were affected.

Chugach Electric Association spokesman Phil Steyer says about 4,000 homes and businesses served by the Turnagain and Spenard substations had lost power.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for the Matanuska Valley, where a south wind was gusting between 40 and 60 mph.


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