Winds cause damage in Quinhagak

Bethel, Alaska (KINY) Winds reached 85 miles per hour and reportedly knocked out power for 24 hours.

A dangerous wind storm reportedly ripped through coastal villages on Kuskokwim Bay and damaged outbuildings, rooftops and knocked down power lines this weekend.

KYUK-AM reported power was restored late Saturday night in Quinhagak by Alaska Village Electric Cooperative.  Witnesses said the high winds threw wood and plywood around, forced cars off the road, and damaged shed and small buildings.  One partially constructed home was reportedly blown off its foundation and scattered across the road.  One person had to be rescued after the collapse of a shed he was working in.

The village also was forced to ration gasoline after the fuel pumps were damaged.  The nearby community of Platinum also had minor damage and power outages.  There were no reports of any injuries.


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