Lakeshore Flood and High Wind Warnings issued for parts of the Northland; storm warning in effect for western Lake Superior; widespread power outages occurring in the Twin Ports

Lakeshore Flood Warning in effect until 10 PM this evening including Duluth, Superior, Port Wing, Bayfield and Ashland.

Strong northeast winds combined with very high lake levels will cause coastal flooding.

High water and waves from Lake Superior are expected to flood onto adjacent low lying land areas.

Highway 2 near Ashland is also being impacted by waves and high water from Lake Superior.

The Flag River Bridge onto Highway 13 is being affected by water pushing onto the bridge.

Other areas affected by lakeshore flooding include the Lakewalk of Duluth, Park Point, Brighton Beaches and portions of Canal Park.

Flood waters may affect sidewalks and parking lots near Lake Superior. Roads and portions of roads may be closed this evening due to the flooding. Do not drive into flooded areas.

A lakeshore flood warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent along the lake. Residents on or near the shore in the warned area should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.

High Wind Warning in effect until 9 PM this evening including Duluth and Superior. Northeast winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages expected.

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows.


Powerful fall storm will continue to affect the Northland through Tuesday with the greatest impacts through this evening, and especially near Lake Superior.

2 PM update from the City of Duluth

-Portions of Canal Park Drive closed due to standing water.

-Morse Street and Buchanan Street are also closed for precautionary purposes.

-Brighton Beach has been closed to traffic and pedestrians and will remain closed until further notice.

-Residents are asked to stay away from the area around the Park Point Beach house and Recreation Area due to standing water.


Link to Power Outage maps

-Minnesota Power

-Lake Country Power

Note: As of 4:23 PM Monday, Minnesota Power reported 235 outages affecting ~10,000 customers.

Here’s a look at today’s storm on Goes-16 satellite imagery. It’s a beast! Source:

Visible loop, October 21, 2019

Infrared loop, October 21, 2019

And finally the water vapor loop from October 21, 2019. Note: Dry air shows up as yellow colors on the image below.

Radar loop ending at 4:25 PM Monday, October 21, 2019.

Rain continues to lift north/west across the Northland late this afternoon with the effects of the dry slot lifting north into southern portions of the Northland as of 4 PM. As this dry slot moves through tonight expect a lull in the rain, but more rain is expected Tuesday on the backside of low pressure.

Strong area of low pressure (~986mb) was near the Twin Cities at 4 PM Monday, this low will lift slowly NE through Tuesday evening.

18z HRRR model radar forecast valid from 7 PM this evening to 1 AM Wednesday. Source:



Rainfall Reports from around the Northland for Monday, October 21, 2019. Source:

Note: Totals listed below ending around 4 PM Monday.

  • Siren, WI: 1.65″
  • Hayward, WI: 1.41″
  • Hinckley, MN: 1.37″
  • Minong, WI: 1.29″
  • Duluth Airport: 1.02″
  • Solon Springs, WI: 0.97″
  • Grand Rapids, MN: 0.97″
  • Brainerd, MN: 0.90″
  • Silver Bay, MN: 0.78″
  • Walker, MN: 0.60″
  • Clam Lake, WI: 0.54″
  • Chisholm-Hibbing Airport: 0.52″
  • Glidden, WI: 0.42″
  • Barnes, WI: 0.41″
  • Isabella, MN: 0.40″
  • Ashland, WI: 0.39″
  • Cass Lake, MN: 0.26″
  • Grand Marais, MN: 0.18″

Outlook for Duluth and Superior

-Occasional light rain and drizzle through Tuesday. Downpours possible through this evening.

-Areas of fog through late this evening

-Strong east to northeast wind 20 to 40 mph this evening with gusts to 60 mph.

-Winds diminish between 7-9 PM this evening, and winds will shift to the northwest after Midnight.

-Gusty northwest winds Tuesday 15 to 30 mph with higher gusts possible.

-Temperatures falling to around 40 degrees overnight, temps holding fairly steady around 40 degrees during the day Tuesday.

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