Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016: Severe thunderstorms plow through the Northland earlier this morning; Widespread damage and power outages; Fatalities and injuries reported in the Boundary Waters; Update from Minnesota Power

/Issued 11:46 AM CDT, Thursday, July 21, 2016/

Source, Storm Prediction Center.















*Update from Minnesota Power as of 11 AM, July 21, 2016*

"About 36,000 customers are estimated to be without power, including customers in Duluth, Cloquet and the Brainerd Lakes area".

"Among the hardest hit areas is the city of Duluth where an estimated one-third of the city's 65,000 customers are without power".

"An estimated 100 power poles were broken by trees brought down by the storm and will need to be replaced.  The affected area is a 10-mile swath from Island Lake to Lake Superior in the eastern part of Duluth".

Additional information can be found at this link  http://www.mnpower.com/Content/Documents/Company/PressReleases/2016/20160721_NewsRelease.pdf

Tweet from Minnesota Power from around 11:15 AM July 21, 2016:

Our call center is being flooded with outage calls and is doing their best to handle them. Only call MP w/emergencies or outages next 24 hrs

Stories from the Duluth News Tribune:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4078433-boundary-waters-hit-hard-storm-fatalities-and-injuries-reported

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4078326-duluth-cleaning-after-powerful-storm-downs-trees-powerlines

Local Storm Reports for July 21, 2016 -- Updated at 11 AM CDT
Source:  National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota

*1:37 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  3 NE of Winton, MN (Lake County)  Over 70 trees blown over on and near Browns Lake.

*1:57 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Cook, MN (St. Louis County)  Trees down in the Cook area.

*2:18 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Aitkin, MN (Aitkin County)  Numerous trees down in the Aitkin area.

*2:55 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  4 SSW of Snow Bank Lake, MN (Lake County)  At least one large tree down at Kawishiwi Lodge on Lake One.

*3:31 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  1 WSW of Superior, WI (Douglas County)  Susquehanna ave near 17th street blocked by fallen tree branches.

*3:26 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  3 N of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  Heavy damage to the roof structure over the gas pumps at the Holiday gas station near the Intersection of Arrowhead and Rice Lake Roads in Duluth.

*3:28 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  3 NW of Rice Lake TWP (St. Louis County)  Several trees down on roads.

*2:38 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Ely, MN (St. Louis County)  Multiple trees and power lines down in and around Ely.  A roof was blown off of an enclosed softball shed at the school.

*1:48 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Cross Lake, MN (Crow Wing County)  A person from Cross Lake reported on the radio 15 trees are down in their yard.

*3:59 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Oulu, WI (Bayfield County)  5 foot diameter tree toppled.  Other trees 5 to 12 inches in diameter snapped.

*3:56 AM:  MARINE THUNDERSTORM WIND.  54 mph.  7 SE of Two Harbors, MN.

*4:01 AM:  MARINE THUNDERSTORM WIND.  72 mph.  8 S of Castle Danger, MN.

*5:15 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  53 mph.  7 NNW of Mercer, WI (Iron County)

*3:25 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  2 NW of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  Multiple power lines down along Anderson Road near the Coffee Creek neighborhood between Central Entrance and Highway 53 in Duluth.

*3:23 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  2 N of Hermantown, MN (St. Louis County)  Power line down at the corner of Highway 53 and Ugstad Road.  Numerous trees and large branches down near this location.

*5:02 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  59 mph.  5 NW of Ino, MN (Bayfield County)

*3:20 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Cloquet, MN (Carlton County)  Numerous trees down across Cloquet.

*2:18 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Tower, MN (St. Louis County)  Numerous trees down in Tower.  Vehicle damaged by fallen tree.  Power out.

*2:03 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  60 mph.  Brainerd, MN (Crow Wing County)

*2:08 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  52 mph.  4 SSW of Orr, MN (St. Louis County)

*2:20 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  4 NNW of Hill City, MN (Itasca County)  Numerous trees down including a 12 inch spruce uprooted.

*2:24 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Grand Rapids, MN (Itasca County)  Large tree branches up to 10 inches in diameter downed in the northeast side of Grand Rapids.

*2:54 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  3 NE of Floodwood, MN (St. Louis County)  Many trees down including some uprooted.

*3:04 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  53 mph.  5 S of Ely, MN (St. Louis County)

*3:05 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  NW Prosit, MN (St. Louis County)  Larger than 10 inch diameter popple tree downed with power lines wrapped in it along the west side of Aerie Lake.  Many 8 to 10 inch diameter popple trees downed along Highway 47.

*3:07 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  65 mph.  2 S of Hill City, MN (Aitkin County)

*3:10 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  1 S of Canyon, MN (St. Louis County)  Lots of trees down along Highway 53 south of Canyon.

*3:13 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  62 mph.  5 SW of Snow Bank Lake, MN (Lake County)

*3:20 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  2 ENE of Twig, MN (St. Louis County)  10 inch birch down on northwest side of Caribou Lake on Birch Point road.  Numerous other trees down.  24 to 30 inch diameter spruce tree snapped 15 feet above the grove.  Pontoon boat flipped on Caribou Lake.

*3:25 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Duluth Heights, MN (St. Louis County)  2 large birch trees snapped off.  Power is out.

*3:30 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  61 mph.  5 NE of Jay Cooke State Park, MN (St. Louis County)  Occurred at I-35 Thompson Hill.

*3:32 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Lakeside-Lester Park, MN (St. Louis County)  Numerous trees down in Lakeside on London Road.

*3:32 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  69 mph.  5 NW of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)

*3:35 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  SE Lester Park Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)  90 foot tall tree across 52nd ave east.

*3:36 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  63 mph.  1 ESE of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)

*3:39 AM:  MARINE THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  4 SE of Duluth, MN (St. Louis County)

*3:50 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Mouth of Brule, WI (Douglas County)  Multiple large popil and spruce trees down.

*3:53 AM:  MARINE THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST.  59 mph.  Park Point, MN (St. Louis County)  Occurred at Sky Harbor Airport.

*4:28 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  2 NNW of Washburn, WI (Bayfield County)  8 to 9 inch trees down.  No power.  Other trees damaged nearby.

*4:30 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  Ashland, WI (Ashland County)  Numerous trees down in the city of Ashland.  Tree diameters range from 8 to 10 inches.  Some branches thrown 100 feet away.

*4:56 AM:  MARINE THUNDERSTORM WIND.  30 mph.  Grand Marais, MN (Cook County)

*2:16 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  6 SSW of Aitkin, MN (Aitkin County)  Numerous trees down and damaged near Little Pine Lakes and Hickory Lake.

*2:35 AM:  THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE.  4 SSE of Libby, MN (Aitkin County)  Multiple trees and power lines are down near Big Sandy Lake Reservoir and Lake Minnewawa.

Note:  I'll have another update later today.

Tim