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High Winds Wreak Havoc Across Northland

Updated: 04/28/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 5:11 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

The strong winds and huge gusts wreaked havoc across the Northland on Monday. The wind was to blame for everything from property damage to power outages for thousands across the region.

The wind snapped a 100-foot tree at it's base and sent it crashing through the attic of Dale Pagenkopf's home in Duluth.

“I never expected that big one to come down. It's so big I thought it's got roots out a hundred feet or something,” Pagenkopf said.

He said the damage will cost about $10,000 to repair, and the recent weather has him looking for an escape.

“The winter was long enough, but the wind is kind of like...I'm going to Arizona for awhile,” Pagenkopf said.

His home took a beating, but Pagenkopf found a silver lining.

“It's a messy tree so that's good. I won't have to clean out my gutters so much now,” he said.

Minnesota Power was facing the same problem according to Corporate Communications Manager Amy Rutledge.

“It's really the high winds that are causing some scattered outages for us knocking trees into lines and some downed power lines,” Rutledge said.

She said 1700 customers lost power Monday morning from International Falls to Cloquet, but crews were out making repairs as quickly as possible.

An outage at UMD canceled some morning classes and closed campus stores.

“My second class was canceled and it looks like a lot of people are headed home because their power's out at home or their classes were canceled,” Senior Laura Temme said.

She said the blackout gave campus a different feel.

“It's a weird day on campus for sure. Cina Hall is really creepy because it's just the little tiny backup lights,” Temme said.

Power was restored to UMD just over an hour later. The wind might have howled on Monday, but it didn't keep Northlanders down for long.

The wind and rain are expected to continue throughout the week, so to find the latest information on any power outages you can check Minnesota Power's smartphone app by clicking here.

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