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Minnesota Power crews work to restore outages

Updated: July 18, 2020 11:25 PM

Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power have been working throughout the night and into the morning to restore power to thousands of customers as a result of severe weather across northern Minnesota Friday night into Saturday morning. 

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At the height of the storm, Minnesota Power said 2,700 customers were without power due to high winds that brought down trees onto power lines and lightning that affected infrastructure.

According to Minnesota Power, the largest outages were in the Hackensack, Pine River and Park Rapids areas, with smaller scattered outages in Duluth and surrounding communities.

Prior to the storm, the company issued a statement saying that high winds may topple trees onto power lines. They say people should stay away from any downed power lines. 

"Do not attempt to touch any wire or lift a wire with poles or sticks. Do not get out of your vehicle on or near wires. All downed power lines and communication lines near them should be considered energized and dangerous," the statement said. 

They say they appreciate patience as crews will also be responding to outages with new social distancing protocols in place. They ask customers to stay 6 feet away from line workers. 

For the latest on power outages, you can visit the Minnesota Power Outages Map.

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