High winds hit Ely area Wednesday night, power outages reported

Extremely high winds across northeastern Minnesota affected service for more than 7,000 LCP members Wednesday night.

The winds were quite breezy behind the cold front. Here are the highest gusts from Wednesday evening. Grand Marais had the highest at 56 mph.

Ely Airport finished in second place with a wind gust of 54 mph Wednesday night!

Crews are addressing the damage from theevening's high winds. Some members regained service overnight, and roughly 800 were still awaiting restoration. Lake States Tree Service is assisting with numerous toppled trees throughout the area.