Watch ship battle a ferocious storm as it enters Duluth port


This is the moment the 729-foot Algoma Guardian battled a ferocious storm with 100mph winds as it entered Duluth harbor earlier this week.

Captain Monford Organ had to wrestle with the freighter as the storms of early Thursday morning swirled around the vessel, telling the Duluth News Tribune he "gave her lots of engine and steered in the opposite way of the wind" to get her into port without sustaining any damage.

Ok, so the video video uploaded onto YouTube by Dennis O'Hara isn't exactly a Perfect Storm-esque fight between man versus nature – the ship has a deadweight of 34,685 tons after all.

But it nonetheless does show the the sheer scale of the storm that hit the Lake Superior shore, with the wind howling, rain torrential and lightning flashing every few seconds.

The wind had started to turn the ship sideways, the Duluth News Tribune notes, and the operator of Duluth's famous lift bridge had a few shaky moments himself as he wondered whether the structure would hold up as the ship passed underneath, noting the bridge deck "was shaking quite a bit, back and forth."

"The captain on the Algoma Guardian did a very good job of straightening the ship out and making it through the canal safely," operator Mark Nyman said. "He should be commended for that because he did an excellent job."

Northland recovering from storm battering

Duluth and the northland area is still recovering from the storms that swept across Minnesota overnight Wednesday, with trees felled, power lines down and flooding reported in swathes of the state.

As of Sunday morning, more than 11,000 Minnesota Power customers are still without electricity in Duluth and the surrounding area, according to its outage map.

Around 2,000 more homes are without power in the Brainerd area, while Lake County Power is reporting more than 1,000 of its rural northeastern Minnesota customers still have no electricity.

KBJR reports that utility company workers have been working 16-hour shifts to restore the power to thousands of homes, as they cope with what power officials say are the worst storms seen in the area in decades.

In a news release on Saturday, Minnesota Power said it has 220 lineworkers and 180 support personnel in the field to fix the line issues.

However homes in the worst-hit areas, such as the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth, won't get power back until early next week.

"In 27 years of working on the distribution system at MP, this is the worst system damage I have seen in Duluth," said Chuck Kimball, Minnesota Power’s manager of Tech Systems.

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