UPDATE: Some in Northland remain without power after strong winds
The Northland is cleaning up after strong winds blew through the region on Wednesday night.
About 800 Lake Country Power customers, mostly in the Virginia area, are still waiting for their power to be restored this morning after thousands of customers lost power in the high winds on Wednesday night. Lake Country Power reported at about 8 a.m. today that crews are out addressing the damage and Lake States Tree Service is assisting with the the toppled trees throughout the area.
About a 1,000 Arrowhead Electric Cooperative customers are without power and crews are working to restore power to the area from Colvill to Grand Portage. Valerie Marasco, emergency management director in Cook County, reported that Arrowhead crews are working their way south from Grand Portage line by line to ensure that power is restored as they go. There isn’t an estimated time when power is expected to be restored to the affected areas. Marasco said she appreciates the patience of customers and residents, and the work of the power and road crews, in addition to the 911 dispatchers who were “inundated” with calls overnight.
“The crews have been out all night and will continue for a number of hours yet. Thus far, it is just trees on the lines, not much damage to the infrastructure, but we have a long way to go to restore power to all customers,” Marasco wrote in an update this morning.
Minnesota Power had about 43 customers without power in Duluth at about 8 a.m. today and power is expected to restored to those customers by 9:30 a.m..
Cook County Highway Department crews worked through the night to clear trees to ensure that all roads and highways were passable in the county. No roads were closed in the county as of 6 a.m., but the clean up of the road ditches is expected to continue into next week, according to Marasco.
The U.S. Forest Service is working on a strategy to clear downed trees in the Superior National Forest, according to Marasco.
The highest wind gust was recorded at the Lake Superior harbor in Grand Marais, where the wind reached 56 miles per hour at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Other wind gust recordings included: 54 mph at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Ely Airport, 54 mph at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday at the Range Regional Airport in Chisholm, 47 mph at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday at the Eveleth-Virginia Airport and 46 mph at 8:36 p.m. about a mile east of Duluth, according to the National Weather Service.