A massive storm is raking much of the state. The storm front brought high winds that broke and uprooted trees and knocked out power in a number of places in the Southcentral part of the state. In Anchorage the schools and University of Alaska Anchorage were closed and as morning arrived many intersections had no traffic signals. The roar of backup generators could be heard at hospitals and many other places. Signs and fences were ripped up.
Utility crews were kept busy through the night trying to restore power as trees fell on lines all over the place. Earlier than seasonal fall storms usually are, the winds caught trees with their foliage still on them.
Anchorage Daily News Executive Editor Pat Dougherty says the power outage delayed the printing and distribution of Wednesday’s newspaper. He says it should be available at single-copy outlets by late morning or early afternoon and newspapers will be delivered to home subscribers on Thursday, along with the Thursday edition.
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