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Maria Knocks Out Power, Triggers Flooding in Puerto Rico

Satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 19 show Hurricane Maria southeast of Puerto Rico (NOAA via AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and triggered heavy flooding Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into…

Wisconsin Trees May Have Less Vibrant Fall Colors This Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – With the first day of autumn right around the corner, experts predict recent weather conditions in Wisconsin could mean fall colors will be less vibrant. Colleen Matula is a forestry specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Ashland. She tells Wisconsin Public Radio that increased rain this year means many trees are getting fungal disease…

Strong Storms Cause Heavy Damage in Central Minnesota

Damage on a farm in Kerkoven, Minn. after strong storms ripped through the area early Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Henry via FOX 9) MELROSE, Minn. (AP) – Residents in and around Melrose are cleaning up trees, branches, and debris after a strong thunderstorm moved through the area. City leaders say there are a lot of trees down at…

Hurricane Maria Slams Dominica, Now Takes Aim at Puerto Rico

Satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 19 show Hurricane Maria southeast of Puerto Rico (NOAA via AP) ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Dominica’s leader sent out an emotional plea for help as Hurricane Maria smashed into the Caribbean island and caused “mind-boggling” devastation, but an ominous silence followed as the country lost all communications on Tuesday and the Category 5 hurricane took…

Hurricane Maria Grows, Threatening Storm-Battered Caribbean

GOES East Satellite Image provided by NASA taken at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 17. (NASA via AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Hurricane Maria grew into a Category 3 storm on Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean. Forecasters warned it was likely to grow even stronger. The storm…

Five St. Louis County Roads Closed Due to Flooding

County Road 338 (Aurora Road) south of the Townline Road (Photo: St. Louis County Public Works) ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. – Heavy rain overnight has caused several County Roads in the area near Palo, Markham, and Makinen to flood. St. Louis County Public Works has announced the temporary closure of these roads until high waters recede: County Road 338 (Aurora…

Winter Gear Already Hitting Store Shelves

Local Business Says This is the Best Time of the Year to Sell Skis

DULUTH, Minn.-After temperatures reached 80-degrees yesterday, the Northland will be hit with a dose of reality soon. We are getting very close to feeling that fall chill on our skin and local businesses are already getting out their winter gear. One we spoke to today, says now is the time to get your winter gear. “If you are in the…

Northland Residents Enjoy Warm Weather

Temperatures to Dip into 60s Over Weekend

DULUTH, Minn.-We are about a week away from when fall officially begins and many Northland residents are having one last hurrah as they enjoy summer time weather. Highs were expected to be in the 80s today with temperatures dipping into the 60s over the weekend. Today we caught up with one family enjoying one of the last hot days, as…

FEMA Estimates 25 Percent of Florida Keys Homes are Gone

A roof is strewn across a home’s law as Rick Freedman checks his neighbor’s damage from Hurricane Irma in Marco Island, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 (AP) LOWER MATECUMBE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys’ farthest reaches Tuesday, while authorities rushed to repair the lone highway connecting the islands and deliver aid to…

Irma Weakens Into a Tropical Storm But Keeps Causing Misery

A man returns to his flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 (AP) TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Irma weakened into a still-dangerous tropical storm Monday as it pushed inland, triggering record flooding in Florida’s northeastern corner, while rescuers in its soggy, wind-battered wake mobilized to reach victims and learn the…

Duluthian Living In Virgin Islands: Hurricane Irma ‘Changed Me’

DULUTH, Minn. – Laura Von Lokken, a lifelong Duluthian, recently moved to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands with her husband Paul. They were hunkered down for Hurricane Irma as it blasted the island as a category-five storm with winds around 180 mph. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger reached Laura via Facebook Messenger video chat who says the experience before,…

Former Duluthian Prepares For Irma

DULUTH, Minn. – Nichole Phillips, a Duluthian who now lives in Clearwater, Florida, is bracing for the worst as Hurricane Irma moves through the state. She experienced the mega ‘Halloween Blizzard of 91’ in the Northland but she says nothing like Irma. “I can deal with snow. Snow you can shovel away. Water you can’t run from. Wind is picking up….

Family From Hermantown Moves To Florida, Faces Hurricane Irma

DULUTH, Minn. – We’re learning about Northlanders who are riding out the storm in Florida, including the Pfingsten family of Hermantown who are hunkered down in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Gina and her husband Matt Pfingsten still own Pelican Coffee in Hermantown. They moved to Florida only three weeks ago, along with their five children. The family is staying in…

Local Red Cross Volunteers Helping With Hurricane Relief

Red Cross Officials May Soon Move Resources to Help With Irma Recovery

DULUTH, Minn. – With Hurricane Harvey and now Irma planning her destruction, the Red Cross is finding itself a little thin with volunteers. Volunteers from the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross are in Texas now, but as Hurricane Irma blows through the Caribbean, more volunteers may soon be needed elsewhere. Those fourteen local volunteers are operating shelters, and…

Hurricane Aid Measure Grows to $15B as Irma Bears Down

In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. This image was capured as daylight moves into the area, right, with nighttime features on the left side of the…

Hurricane Irma Causing Travel Worries

Airport Officials Say Travelers Should Stay in Contact with Airlines

DULUTH, Minn. – People’s travel plans and vacations are in limbo because of Hurricane Irma. But as for the Duluth International Airport, officials say flights in and out of there are not being affected and likely won’t change. Officials say travelers should pay close attention to the hurricane’s path and stay in contact with their airline. “Even if they’re traveling…

Northland Weather Could Be Impacted By Hurricane Irma

National Weather Service Officials Say Hurricane Could Make Our Weather Stagnant

DULUTH, Minn. – While Hurricane Irma is causing a lot of worry in the Caribbean and Florida, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Duluth are also eyeing the storm. They tell us turbulent weather in the Atlantic could affect us here in the Northland. The National Weather Service in Duluth typically focus on weather in the Northland but they…

Hurricane Irma Slams Caribbean with Record Force

In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. This image was capured as daylight moves into the area, right, with nighttime features on the left side of the…

Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5, Most Powerful Ever in Atlantic

(AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 5 storm has winds of up to 185 mph as it approaches the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean. Four other storms have had winds that strong in the overall Atlantic region, but…

Extra Weather Balloon Launches in Minnesota to Help Track Hurricane Irma

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KMSP) – The National Weather Service Twin Cities office in Chanhassen, Minnesota is adding additional daily weather balloon launches to help track Hurricane Irma. NWS Twin Cities usually launches two weather balloons per day, but they will be launching four per day for Irma tracking. Data from Monday morning’s Hurricane Hunter mission flight shows Irma gaining strength as it moves west-southwest at 14…

An Outpouring of Northland Support for the Victims of Harvey

DULUTH, Minn. — We are continuing to cover the outpouring of support here in the Northland for victims of Hurricane Harvey down in Texas and the Gulf Coast. At the parking lot at Denfeld High School earlier this morning, donations of clothes, bottled water, and household supplies, were all being loaded into a moving van. A grassroots, volunteer effort led…

Drive Nets Donations for Hurricane Relief

Local Business Owners Organized the Drive

DULUTH, Minn. – Local entrepreneur Mike Letica, like others around the country, saw the devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to South Texas and wanted to do something to help. “Anytime something happens, whether it’s in the city or something nationally, I always think about what I would want from people if this happened to me,” said Letica. “Prayers for Texas” was…

Volunteers Trained Before Heading South

Local Red Cross Volunteers Headed to Texas to Help with Harvey Relief

DULUTH, Minn. – Local American Red Cross volunteers headed south to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts received training before their trip. Thursday, at the Red Cross’ Duluth office, volunteers learned how to deploy, what to expect both in Texas and when they come home, as well as a class in sheltering fundamentals. The local Red Cross already has ten…

Northlanders Have Family Members Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Mariel Jordan's Mom, Sister and Nephew Live in the Houston Area

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders have family members living in the Houston area who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is Mariel Jordan. Her mom, sister, and nephew all live in the Houston area. She says her family is dealing with just a little bit of water damage; they’re feeling fortunate about that. She says her family moved there…

Floodwaters Drop in Houston as Harvey Takes a Second Swipe

HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey’s floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the sun peeked through thinning clouds Wednesday in the first glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But the crisis was far from over, with the storm doubling back toward land and battering communities near the Texas-Louisiana line. The storm, meanwhile, began to give…

Northlanders Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

Organizations Across the Region are Providing Assistance to Those Affected by the Storm

HOUSTON – As Hurricane Harvey relief continues, volunteers from across the country head to Texas to lend a helping hand to people affected by the storm. Some of those volunteers are from right here in the Northland. From providing assistance to people in shelters to caring for animals left homeless by the storm, Northlanders are finding ways to help those…

Duluth Trails Closed From Excessive Rain

COGGS Trails Close To Avoid Damage By Ruts In The Clay Mud

DULUTH, Minn. — With the recent rainy weekend dumping 1-5″ inches of rain across the Northland, its puddled up and left soggy and muddy trails, forcing them to close. According to the cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shores, when you put your footprint or bike tire through the goopy mud, the imprint leaves a lasting mark. The rut catches water…

Local Volunteers Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

Nine Duluth Red Cross Volunteers are on Their Way to Texas or Already There

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers from across the country are heading to Texas to help communities recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, and that includes volunteers from right here in the Northland. The American Red Cross in Duluth has nine volunteers either on their way to Texas or already there to help with Hurricane Harvey relief. Local officials are…

How to Help the Texas Flooding Victims Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Evacuees wade down a flooded section of I-610 as floodwarters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP) HOUSTON – The Texas coast has been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has created unprecedented flooding and forced thousands to flee for their lives. If you’re looking to make a difference, here’s how you can help…

Teen Who Jumped Into Flooded Lester River Prompts Water Rescue

Teen Is Known To Be Daring

DULUTH, Minn. On August 26th, 2017 at approximately 5:20 PM the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of 556 Occidental Blvd, in the City of Duluth for a report of a 15 year hold male jumped into the “DEEPS”, and has not resurfaced.  A short time later, emergency responders arrived on scene, and located the male in the…

Hurricane Harvey Strengthens to Category 4

The storm has strengthened to a Category 4

Hurricane Harvey, moving toward the Texas Gulf Coast, can be seen from the International Space Station. harvey strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Friday afternoon. It could hit land up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds, and 12-foot storm surges (Aug. 25)   CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — With time running out, tens of thousands of people…

Virginia Daycare Center Damaged By Flooding

Apple Tree Learning Center Had Three to Four Inches of Standing Water in Some Classrooms

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Some businesses in Virginia were flooded last week after that are was hit with more than four inches of rain. The Apple Tree Learning Center had three to four inches standing water in some of their classrooms on Friday. They have since pumped the water out, but their cleanup has only just begun. “It was very heartbreaking…

NWS Confirms 7 Tornadoes in Wednesday Storms

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (KMSP) – The National Weather Service confirmed seven tornadoes hit Minnesota Wednesday afternoon and evening, according to the NWS damage survey. A band of heavy rain moved north through Minnesota, dropping seven tornadoes along the way. Two EF-0 tornadoes developed south of Nicollet. The first tornado hit a farmstead and damaged a garage. Both tornadoes caused tree damage….

Heavy Rains Damage Mount Vernon

George Washington's Estate Hit by More than 5 1/2 Inches of Rain in an Hour Friday

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) Heavy rains have caused major damage at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in northern Virginia. Mount Vernon CEO Curt Viebranz said about 100 feet of a brick wall located between Washington’s iconic mansion and the Potomac River fell over after the estate was hit by more than 5 1/2 inches of rain in a single hour…

Agencies Work Together to Prepare for Water Rescues on Lake Superior

Thursday’s incident on Park Point also has agencies discussing more joint training

DULUTH, Minn. – Several agencies helped the Saint Louis County Rescue Squad search for the Fuglies. One of those agencies, the Duluth Fire Department, regularly trains for these types of situations. The department also trains with groups like the U.S. Coast Guard and the county rescue squad. Those sessions give each agency a sense of who does what well. “It…

Storm Cleanup Continues in Fredenberg Township

Residents Still Have Brush and Branches to Cut and Burn

FREDENBERG TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Storm cleanup continues in Fredenberg Township. The community there was hit hard Friday evening by damaging winds from severe thunderstorms. Friday night’s storm caused damage to homes and other structures across the Northland. Sunday, residents continue working to clean up the mess the storm left behind. Brush fires burn throughout Fredenberg Township as homeowners try to…

A Look Back at the 2016 Windstorm

Minnesota Power has Implemented New Policies After the Storm

DULUTH, Minn.-One year ago today, crews from across the area were cleaning up the Northland after a devastating windstorm swept through the area. Today we spoke with one Minnesota Power about what changes they’ve made  since the storm. Much of the Northland had power restored after three days – some had power out for as long as seven days. “Investing…

Swimmers Beat the Heat at Pinehurst

Public Beach Packed with Swimmers on Hot Day

CLOQUET, Minn. – A sunny day across the Northland left many looking for ways to beat the heat. Cloquet residents lined up before noon to get into the Pinehurst Beach swimming area. Officials there say on a day like Thursday as many as 500 people could stop by for a dip at what’s known as a Cloquet gem. “People love…

Flooding Closes City, Causes Mudslides in Western Wisconsin

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ARCADIA, Wis. (KMSP) – Residents in western Wisconsin are dealing with mudslides and high water after rain caused significant flooding overnight Wednesday. Rain caused the Turton River to overflow its banks, flooding neighborhoods in Arcadia, a town of approximately 3,000 people. Several hundred residents voluntarily evacuated their homes and businesses early Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The Red Cross has…

Surviving The Boundary Waters Severe Weather

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Takes Us Deep Into The Vast Wilderness When The Weather Turns Severe.

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes us back into some remote Boundary Waters locations that were in the direct path of severe weather. While talking to two survivors of the 1999 and 2016 blow down that brought 70-80mph winds through the wilderness and how they survived. “On my way to the lake a very large trees went over and it went over…

Inside the Boundary Waters

Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Takes Us Deep Into The Vast Wilderness To Prepare For All Types Of Weather.

The vast wilderness of the Boundary Waters  is in our backyard with thousands of visitors a year. It has the highest point in Minnesota and some of the oldest rock on Earth. But what about the weather when you head into the wilderness? How can you prepare? Our very own Meteorologist Brittney Merlot recently spent a lot of time in…

Arizona Flash Flooding Leaves 9 Dead

Five children were among the nine dead

The creek under the First Crossing Bridge is seen Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2017, following a deadly flash-flooding that ripped through Saturday in the Tonto National Forest. (Alexis Bechman/Payson Roundup via AP) TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — Five children were among the nine people killed during the weekend in a flash flood at a swimming hole in Arizona’s Tonto…

Heavy Rains Slow Wisconsin Timber Harvest

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s logging industry is struggling to harvest wood because of the wet summer, leaving loggers with less money while they wait for work during better weather. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the last three months are among the five wettest on record in the state, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Henry Schienebeck is…

Storms Across Minnesota Leave Thousands Without Power

Storm Damage on North Shore Drive in Forest Lake, MN. (Kristine Baillargeon via Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Storms ripped through the Twin Cities metro early Wednesday morning leaving thousands without power. Residents in Washington County have reported trees down and roads blocked. Some of the heaviest damage was reported in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Xcel Energy reports more than 56,000…

1 Year Later, The Bad River Band is Still Recovering from Big Storm

Some Tribal Members Say it was the Worst Storm They Had Ever Seen

BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wis.- A year ago a storm swept through Northern Wisconsin, damaging infrastructure on the Bad river reservation, like this very bridge. “Over night we received like 9 inches of rain, close to 9 inches of rain. All the roads washed away,” says Nicholas Blanchard, a Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Member. The bridge, along…

Two Tornadoes Touch Down in Minnesota This Morning

Lake Crystal Hit Hard

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) – Forecasters say stormy weather spawned a couple of tornadoes in south-central Minnesota, but there are no reports of injuries or significant damage. The National Weather Service says one tornado was reported about 10:30 p.m. Sunday by a trained spotter between Lake Crystal and Judson. A second twister was seen a short time later about six…

Streets Flood in Madison

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) _ Heavy rain is causing flooding in some Wisconsin communities. Some vehicles were stuck on flooded streets in Madison and Kenosha. Fast, heavy rain caused the National Weather Service to issued flash flood warnings for the two communities through early Monday. City crews are working to clear sewer grates to alleviate flooding. Forecasters say about 6 inches…