A “Pineapple Express” weather system that pushed warm, windy conditions into the Anchorage area last week played havoc on local roads, electrical grids and school activities.
Temperatures well above freezing and rain made streets across the area slick and hazardous, leading to more than 120 motor vehicle accidents over the weekend, according to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.
Parker said 22 accidents involved injuries, though none were life-threatening.
“It was mainly just bumps and bruises,” Parker said.
At a busy Anchorage intersection, vehicles roll to a stop as their traffic light turns red. But one, a pickup truck, decides to push his luck, speeding through the amber light. Midway through the intersection, it looks like it’s going to make it. Suddenly, another vehicle — the driver seems to have timed the green light perfectly — enters the intersection at a high rate of speed.
What was a normal winter afternoon turns into a very bad day for the occupants of five or six vehicles, as the collision sends automobiles flying and skidding in all directions.
Friday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. — First National Bank gingerbread house contest judging, First National Bank (11412 Business Boulevard)
2 to 6 p.m. — Merry Merchant Munch (see map)
5:30 to 8 p.m. — Winter Wonderland caroling, free sleigh rides and free refreshments, Town Square Park
7 p.m. — Santa arrives/tree lighting ceremony, Town Square Park
In Afghanistan, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be conducting operations in order to support and increase the security of Afghan national forces, said First Sgt. Aaron Spahl.
The approximately 3,500 troops, whose nickname is the “Spartans,” will focus on training and mentoring Afghan national forces, Spahl said.
Heading into hostile territory is nothing new for Brian Flanagan, a member of the Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, who is about to ship out on his fourth tour of duty overseas. But this time around, leaving home will be especially tough.
"Every one has its own challenges," Flanagan said shortly before a deployment ceremony for the 3,500-member brigade at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
This time around, Flanagan will be leaving not just the safety of home, but a newborn son, 3-month-old Colin.