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Emergency on Lake Superior as huge waves flood Duluth coast

Canal Park is flooded and the waves could get bigger.

Extreme winds over Lake Superior are causing swells of huge waves to crash into the Duluth coast, flooding much of the coastline and inland areas. 

At 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) received a report from a Canadian ship parked in Lake Superior near Duluth that they were taking sustained winds of 64 mph. 

Footage of the giant waves crashed along the pier were captured by photographer Andrew Krueger, who said the people on the pier are members of the U.S. Amry Corps of Engineers, who made it back safely after closing a gate that had been left open. 

The winds have pushed water inland, and due to standing water in the area, the City of Duluth has closed Canal Park Drive by Morse Street and the Lighthouse parking lot by the maritime museum. Some roads in the area cannot be accessed due to flooding. 

Maintenance crews are also responding to reports of downed trees in Canal Park. All people are asked to avoid the area until further notice. 

A storm warning on Lake Superior is in effect through 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A storm warning means winds can gust up 55-72 mph, creating 16-20 foot waves that make it dangerous for any vessel to be in the water. 

A Civil Emergency Message from the Minnesota Emergency Management Agency in Duluth has been issued for Ashland County, Wisconsin

"THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ASHLAND COUNTY WISCONSIN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. DUE TO THE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF RAINFALL SINCE MONDAY, STATE, COUNTY AND LOCAL ROAD SYSTEMS ARE STRESSED. PLEASE BE AWARE OF CHANGING ROAD CONDITIONS. DO NOT TRAVEL THROUGH STANDING OR MOVING WATER OR MOVE ROAD BARRICADES. REPORT ANY ROAD DAMAGE TO THE ASHLAND COUNTY DISPATCH CENTER AT 715-682-7023. MONITOR THE ASHLAND COUNTY WEBSITE FOR OFFICIAL ROAD CLOSURES IN ASHLAND COUNTY."

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