Thousands Lose Power in Duluth, Superior

Updated: 12/04/2013 10:45 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 3:28 PM

Thousands of homes and businesses in Duluth, Superior and Sturgeon Lake lost power Wednesday afternoon.

More than 1,200 homes and businesses in Duluth's Norton Park, Riverside, Smithville, and Morgan Park neighborhoods lost power at about 5:30 p.m., according to Minnesota Power's outage map.  Restoration was estimated for 8 p.m.

Spirit Mountain employees said the power outage forced them to close early, and there were still skiers and snowboarders on the chairlift when it happened. A generator was used to get the chairlift going again. Those at the bottom of the hill were brough back up by snowmobiles.

The Superior outage began at about 2:20 p.m. and affected about 3,000 homes and businesses in the Billings Park, central, and East End neighborhoods, including Tower Avenue.  Superior Water, Light, and Power spokesperson Amy Rutledge said the outage may have been weather-related.

Rutledge said power had been restored to almost all customers by 5:15 p.m.  Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Superior was among the customers that had lost power.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 homes and businesses lost power in the Sturgeon Lake area around 2:30 p.m.  Minnesota Power said service had been restored by 4 p.m.

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