Winds hit hard along Alaska Highway

Associated PressSeptember 18, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation says a windstorm Sunday night and Monday knocked down thousands of trees in eastern Interior Alaska but the worst damage may have been along a 60-mile stretch of the Alaska Highway between Miles 1320 and 1380.

Dennis Bishop tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that crews began removing fallen trees at 4 a.m. Monday and by 10 a.m. had cleared the road to the village of Tanacross.

The community of 133 is 12 miles northwest of Tok. Trees fell on the village school and other buildings.

The National Weather Service estimates winds hit 61 mph on the Robertson River about 50 miles from Tanacross.

The community was without power and telephone service throughout Monday.

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