ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Winds gusting to 109 mph critically injured two people Thursday and caused extensive damage in south-central Alaska.
Two Mat-Su residents — one hit by a falling Chevron sign and another by a collapsed barn — were hospitalized in critical condition, according to Palmer Police Chief George Boatright.
Operations at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport were halted for nine hours late Wednesday and early Thursday after high winds forced the evacuation of the control tower.
At nearby Lake Hood, more than two dozen airplanes were overturned or twisted by high winds.
A wind-fed fire near the Alaska State Fair grounds closed the Glenn Highway for several hours, and electric service was interrupted to thousands of residents in Anchorage and the Mat-Su area.