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Winter storm leaves some stranded without power in Alaska

December 31, 2021 GMT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Guard is helping evacuate people from Interior Alaska after snow and ice left some people stranded and without power.

In a statement Friday, The Alaska National Guard said it began evacuations from the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Extreme weather conditions could get worse over the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory through Saturday.

Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, said they are working with the Alaska State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate efforts.

“The (State Emergency Operations Center) has been monitoring multiple weather-related incidents statewide this week,” said Saxe. “For many communities throughout the Interior, reports indicate widespread power outages and significant disruptions for both road and air travel, and we are working with state and local agencies to assist as needed.”

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The National Guard teams use six-passenger trucks with chains and small winter support vehicles. It has a U.S. Army Arctic all-terrain, tracked vehicle that can carry about 15 people through heavy snow.

The National Weather Service said snow and ice will continue in Interior Alaska through the night and will taper off Saturday.