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Storm causes power outages, forces road closures in Duluth

Updated: October 22, 2019 06:39 PM

A strong storm forced officials to close roads and knocked out power to thousands of people in and around Duluth on Monday.

WDIO-TV reported the storm knocked down power lines throughout the area.

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Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj told WDIO that officials were tracking and preparing for the storm before it hit, but it was difficult to predict it would be as strong as it turned out to be.

At the height of the storm, about 9,000 Minnesota Power customers were without power, according to the company.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, about 40 people were still without power, according to Minnesota Power, but Lake Country Power still reported outages affecting about 400 people.

One of the outages affected an elementary school in Chisholm, which was forced to cancel school Tuesday because of the outage.

Rain and high water levels also caused flooding across the area.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken posted a video on social media of waves pounding the shoreline off Lake Superior.

No injuries have been reported.

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