Scattered Power Outages Due To Snow Accumulation

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2013 Updated Apr 20, 2013 at 7:35 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - If you woke up between the hours of five and 6:30 Friday morning, you may have had a dark start to your day.

That is because snow accumulation snapped a power pole in the Kenwood neighborhood leaving more than 4,400 Duluthians without power for an hour and a half.

The wet, heavy snow caused the power pole to break and electricity was rerouted to another feeder.

Other outages occurred in Carlton and Cloquet, effecting approximately 200 residents there.

Minnesota Power officials told us the windy weather worked to the power crews' advantage.

The rustling of the branches removed most of the snow, eliminating the risk of other trees causing damage to power lines.

Minnesota Power serves more than 144,000 residents in the Northland.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com