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Powerful Winds Whip up Waves, Flood Lake Superior Shoreline

Updated: October 10, 2018 07:55 PM

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - City of Duluth officials are asking the public to stay away from the Duluth Lakewalk as well as Canal Park until further notice. The area is not safe due to flooding and debris.  Powerful winds have whipped up big waves along the shores of Lake Superior, flooding the business district and causing power outages.
    
The National Weather Service says winds of 64 mph were reported at the Duluth harbor Wednesday. The gale-force winds are creating waves as high as 14 to 18 feet. The Canal Park business district near the lake was flooded and the city closed Canal Park Drive until further notice. City officials urged residents to stay away from the lakeshore.
    
The high wind knocked out service for about 4,000 Minnesota Power customers in the Duluth by mid-afternoon.
    
The weather service issued a lakeshore flooding warning until 4 p.m. Wednesday for Duluth and Superior and Ashland in Wisconsin.
    
Elsewhere in northern Minnesota, rain was changing to snow with accumulations of at least 6 inches by early Thursday.

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