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High winds bring down tree limbs, cause power outages in Anchorage

A second day of fierce winds scoured Anchorage Sunday, causing scattered power outages, downed trees and other weather-related mayhem.

A wind from the north blew at sustained speeds of 15-20 miles per hour with gusts into the 30s, building in the late morning and afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

One especially strong gust, caught at Ted Stevens International Airport, hit 51 mph.

Winds should taper off this evening, dissipating after midnight, said meteorologist Bob Clay of the National Weather Service’s Anchorage office.

The winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines, causing power outages around the city for a second day.

As of mid-afternoon Sunday, about 600 people were without power in the Chugach Electric service area, including 100 people in the village of Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet.

“Once again today, the winds are causing problems across our service territory,” Chugach Electric said in an update.

Outages in pockets of Spenard and downtown had been resolved by mid-afternoon, Municipal Light and Power said in an update.