Storm Takes Out Electricity, Phone, Cable and Internet for Large Portion of Kodiak

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Kodiak Electric Association crews work to replace a power pole and power lines along Mill Bay Road Tuesday after the roof of a building across the street blew off in high winds, damaging the equipment and plunging much of midtown into darkness. Jennifer Canfield/KMXT photo

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Strong winds Tuesday morning caused several areas of Kodiak to lose power for much of the day.

In addition, the Cable TV, Internet, and telephone services provided by GCI went off-line as well when the power outage hit their offices.

The biggest outage occurred along Mill Bay Road when the roof from the North Pacific Fuel garage on the south side of Mill Bay Road blew off, damaging power lines on the north side of the road. A section of Mill Bay Road was closed and traffic was detoured for several hours.

KEA CEO Darron Scott described the damage on Mill Bay as extensive.

Not long after the Mill Bay outage, power went off on Lakeview Drive, Sawmill Circle and much of the Monashka Bay area after a tree blew over onto power lines at 4 a.m. Residents in that area did not have power restored until later in the afternoon yesterday.

Scott said despite the outages, the KEA system stood up well.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Courtney in Kodiak says a powerful low pressure system passing the island caused the two bouts of high winds in one day.

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