Gusty winds lead to power outages

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Duluth News Tribune

Amid gusts of high wind that figured to blow into the afternoon Tuesday, Minnesota Power was reporting outages cropping up in places throughout its coverage area.

In the Chester Park neighborhood of Duluth, 160 customers were without power.

On the Iron Range, around Buhl, another 109 customers were without power.

And in Esko, nearly 75 were without power.

According to the Minnesota Power online outage map, restoration was estimated no later than 11 a.m. at those locations.

“The majority of our outages are in the Duluth areas — all weather related,” said Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge. “Our crews are responding to get power back on as quickly as possible. For how windy it is, we are actually seeing fewer outages than one might expect.”

The National Weather Service in Duluth placed a wind advisory into effect for Duluth and the North Shore, including Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Grand Marais until 6 p.m. Winds were coming from the north at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph.

Additionally, sustained winds and even harder gusts were creating waves between 8 and 10 feet high on Lake Superior, said the National Weather Service, which was warning against gale force winds.

Lake Superior figured to be battered by sustained winds of 34 mph and gusts of up to 52 mph. The gale force warning was in effect until 10 p.m. Ships across Lake Superior appeared to be mostly harboring as there was only limited shoreline movement on any of the online vessel traffic maps.

The power outages appeared following overnight winds that began in places such as Cloquet as early as late Monday afternoon.

The advisory said gusts will blow around unsecured objects, and some power lines and tree limbs are at risk of coming down.

“Outages may result,” said the National Weather Service advisory for Duluth and the North Shore.

Much of the area surrounding Duluth and throughout the Northland. Places south along the Interstate 35 corridor as far as Chanhassen have been placed under wind advisories, including on the Wisconsin side, where the South Shore communities along the western tip of Lake Superior and everything south to Burnett County is under advisory, including Superior, Bayfield and Ashland.