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Well, we have had stronger windstorms in Alaska, but I'm not sure we've had any that have caused more damage. Last week's storm caused more than $4 million in damages in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Municipality of Anchorage. The international airport in Anchorage had to close for about 24 hours and recorded winds at 110 mph.

It seems that a couple of times during the winter we will get sustained winds in the 70-80 mph range and have gusts that approach 100 mph for days, along the Turnagain Arm from Rabbit Creek to Girdwood. A couple of years ago we had an Oil Spill Response Barge get blown off anchor at Port Etches in the Prince William Sound and it's aneometer maxed out at its limit of 124 knots from a williwaw. However, the urban centers of the state rarely see winds over 80 mph and last week's storm caused significant damage to buildings and personal property. Attached is a photo from the Anchorage Daily News of a float plane at Lake Hood that had some problems.
 
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