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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:06 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Wed Nov 20, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Dozens of linemen are working in and around Fairbanks to restore power after a strong winter storm knocked out trees and power lines Wednesday night.

About 2,500 residents are still without power as of 8 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Golden Valley Electric Cooperative. At the height of the storm, more than 13,000 residents and businesses were dark.

More than 50 linemen and contractors, including crews from Anchorage, were working Saturday. Temperatures were in the teens Saturday, but the forecast was calling for lows well below zero in the next few days.

"Our plan is to have a service crew focus on energizing single services in the core area starting today,” said Mike Wright, vice president of Transmission and Distribution.

“We continue to make headway, but there is still a lot of damaged equipment out there,” he said. “Crews are patrolling lines, removing trees, replacing broken cross-arms and repairing wire in order to restore power.”

Residents are asked to keep their porch lights on today so crews can easily tell which homes have power.

Residents are cautioned to stay away from trees that have fallen into power lines. If you see a tree in a line, and haven’t reported it yet, please call GVEA at 452-1151 or send an e-mail to info@gvea.com.

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