Friday, June 13, 2008

Power Outages Due to High Winds

A couple of storms ripped through the northern portions of the K-Lakes' listening area last night, with winds as high as 50-70 miles per hour. According to Char Kinzer, spokeswoman for Crow Wing Power, there were two storms--one at about 8 pm, and a second at about 11 pm. The damage ran intermittently from Motley northeast to Emily. The nature of the damage was primarily due to high winds, although there was lightning as well. Kinzer mentioned that the soft, wet ground didn't help the situation, either. As of this morning, there were still a number of customers without power, but crews were working diligently--and would continue to do so until power was fully restored. Minnesota Power also experienced outages, particularly in the areas of Pillager, East Gull Lake, and Nisswa.

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