Update: All 911 systems have been restored and are operating properly. GVEA is continuing to work to restore power to all customers.

Winds that began last night continued to pick up overnight and into today causing numerous power outages throughout the GVEA system. The problems don’t end there as the number of emergencies in the Fairbanks area have overwhelmed the Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center.

As of 9:30 p.m. calls to 911 are delayed and local radio communication between responding agencies and the communications center are also interrupted. Procedures are in place to notify local responders in the event of an emergency call.

If you have an emergency, please call 911 and a dispatcher will be with you as soon as possible.

GVEA reported over 200 people without power in the Delta area earlier today, with none currently reported without power locally. There are currently over 28,000 customers without power on the GVEA system.

GVEA says the outages started in the Delta and the Healy/Nenana areas and moved north. Gusts in the Alaska Range were recorded at 75 mph with 60 mph guests recorded in the Delta Junction area.

Winds are expected to dimmish overnight with gusts up to 50 mph overnight.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.