During this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see news reports about hurricanes approaching the coastlines down in the lower 48, and the high winds that will be affecting the areas once the hurricane makes landfall. What some of you may not know though, is that Alaska gets its fair share of wind storms too.
Most of our major wind storms arrive during the Winter, but this past Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday, a wind storm with hurricane-force winds blew through our area. One report had a peak wind gust at 131 miles per hour! The storm uprooted trees and knocked out power all over town. We lost power for one day, but several residents lost power Tuesday evening and are still without electricity today. I really feel bad for those who have had to see their food spoil in the refrigerator and freezer – especially with the high cost of food these days.
I thought for sure we were going to lose some of the trees around our home, and I even thought that the roof might come flying off, but thankfully everything stayed in place and upright. Several residents around town however, weren’t so lucky…
Here are some photos that I took around the neighborhood, which shows just a small amount of the damage that the wind storm left in its wake.