FAIRBANKS -- An amateur weather station recorded a wind speed of 114 miles per hour during last week's storm along the Alaska Range.The wind speed was recorded Sept. 17 in Dry Creek, a community 40 miles southeast of Delta Junction.
National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingaas told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that speeds recorded at such stations are not as reliable as those clocked at professional ones. But based on the damage, the reading might have been accurate.
The wind tore down hundreds of trees in the area between Delta Junction and Tok, dropping many onto buildings and power lines.
The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management declared a disaster for the entire region.