Lake Country Power line crews are working against sustained windy conditions and rain as they repair 44 power outages this early evening.
Outage numbers have fluctuated all day with progress and weather-related setbacks. Currently, more than 1,600 Lake Country Power members are without power. The outages are all weather related due to the high, sustained winds that are blowing trees and limbs into power lines. Downed power lines are being reported in some locations as well as fallen trees blocking access to rural roadways.
The outages on Lake Country Power's system are happening primarily near Lake Vermilion, Cook, Frazer Bay, Ely and Cotton. Other scattered outages are being reported near Keewatin, Cromwell and Leech Lake.
The cooperative has nine line crews working this early evening and called in two extra crews to assist from Lake States Tree Service and Lake States Construction.
The outages started Sunday, April 27 when winds started to pick up. Line crews worked through the night and will remain working until power is fully restored.
Members may call the cooperative at 1-800-421-9959 for more information, visit the Outage Center online atwww.lakecountrypower.coop for a real-time outage status, or "like" Lake Country Power's Facebook page.