A powerful line of severe thunderstorms swept through Northern Minnesota, leaving a path of toppled trees, fallen power lines, property damage, and even tipped-over airplanes (see below). The National Weather Service in Duluth forecasted 70+ mph wind gusts as part of this storm system as it passed through the Twin Ports.

Dan Miller from the Duluth NWS office told the Duluth News Tribune that wind gusts were officially measured at 69 mph at the Duluth International Airport and a ship on Lake Superior recorded 72 mph winds. Miller said that some of the damage suggests there may have been wind gusts as strong as 90 mph.

Many people across the region woke up not having power due to fallen trees and power lines. Minnesota Power estimates as many as 70,000 homes and businesses in the region have been impacted by power outages from this storm. Xcel Energy is reporting another 20,000 customers are without power this morning in Northern Wisconsin.

Crews are working hard to restore power as quickly as possible, however the vast number of downed lines means it may take several hours yet before power is restored in all locations. Authorities continue to urge people cleaning up debris and fallen trees not to attempt to clean up anything on or near downed power lines, as this is extremely dangerous.

The Duluth News Tribune is reporting that stores around the area have run out of chainsaws and generators, and lines of customers were seen waiting outside of places like Northern Tool and Equipment in Hermantown, trying to find cleanup supplies.

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