North Shore blasted by strong wind, rain

Associated Press

DULUTH — A storm that moved out of the central plains and into the Midwest brought heavy rain to northeastern Minnesota on Thursday, as well as wind gusts of nearly 40 mph that struck Park Point on Lake Superior in Duluth.

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning that was in effect until 7 p.m. A small-craft advisory was in affect through the night as northeast winds were expected to create waves of 10 to 14 feet on Lake Superior.

City officials warned that high winds might make for hazardous driving across the Bong and Blatnik bridges and also asked residents to remove leaves from storm sewer grates to reduce the chance of flooding. Winds were expected to drop to 17 to 23 mph overnight while waves were expected to decrease to 8 to 10 feet, but widespread rain was expected to continue today, according to the weather service.

The weather service issued a flood watch for portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin through tonight, including all or parts of Carlton, St. Louis, Koochiching, Lake, Cook, Itasca and Pine counties in Minnesota.

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