Lightning blamed for power outage


March 23, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe

Xcel Energy Inc., technician trucks are at the scene to repair an equipment failure Monday morning at the Ironwood substation location at Oak Street and Alfred Wright Boulevard. Around 10,600 customers lost power from around 6:50 a.m. While many customers were back with power before 9 a.m., others waited longer.


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IRONWOOD - Lightning is said to have caused an equipment failure at an Ironwood substation, leading to a Monday morning power outage for much of Gogebic County and northeast Iron County.

The outage occurred around 6:50 a.m. when equipment failed at the Ironwood substation located at Oak Street and Alfred Wright Boulevard, according to Liz Wolf Green, a spokesperson for Xcel Energy, Inc., out of the corporate office for Michigan and Wisconsin in Eau Claire. Approximately 10,633 customers lost service in Hurley, Mercer, Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefi...

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