Minnesota Power Crews Battling Snow to Restore Power
Over 200 customers in Duluth and Iron Range without power
Minnesota Power crews are responding safely and as quickly as possible in extreme weather conditions, to restore power during the first major winter storm of the season.
High winds, heavy snow, and white out conditions are making power restoration efforts difficult in the western service region from Walker south to Royalton this afternoon.
Extreme weather conditions could mean that power outages will extended for some customers.
As of 3 p.m. Friday, power was out for about 6,800 customers, mostly in the western service area. The largest outages have been reported in the Hackensack, Royalton, Backus, Buckman, Pine River, and Nisswa areas.
In the Duluth area and parts of the Iron Range, 236 customers were without power. Crews in the field advise outages in these areas may expand if the wind gusts experienced in the western service area move east with the same force.
For the latest outage information, customers are encouraged to visit the Minnesota Power Outage Center at http://www.mnpower.com/OutageCenter, where they also can learn how to download the Minnesota Power outage app for smartphones. Customers also can follow Minnesota Power on Facebook and/or Twitter to get outage updates.