Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) – More than 1,350 Lake Country Power members are without power which is still down from over 2,500 earlier this morning.
The outages are weather related due to wet ground and high winds that are blowing trees and limbs onto power lines. Downed power lines are being reported in some locations and broken poles.
Lake Country Power crews made progress to restore service to the majority of members in the Grand Rapids service area earlier today, however the high winds are moving northeast in the Mountain Iron service area, causing new outages.
Line crews are currently working to restore 47 different power outages throughout its service areas.
The outages are wide–spread, but primarily are in the Mountain Iron and Saginaw areas. There are a few outages being reported in Kettle River and McGregor as well.
Officials say with forecasted high winds through the evening, more outages can be expected as tree roots and limbs give way and fall onto more power lines.
Line crews will continue working, and Lake Country Power anticipates the outages will continue into the late evening hours or more unless the winds calm down.