Hundreds left without power

Winds whip Marquette County

MARQUETTE — Hundreds of Marquette County residents were still without power Friday evening as winds reaching as high as 57 miles per hour hit the region.

Over 600 Upper Peninsula Power Co. customers in Marquette County, including 481 in Ishpeming and the surrounding areas had no power, according to the UPPCO outage map. Meanwhile, 76 We Energies customers on Lake Michigamme also were without electricity, according to that utility’s website. Overall, We Energies had more than 1,600 outages reported in its Wisconsin/Upper Michigan service area on Friday.

The weather also had an affect on the Marquette Senior High School homecoming football game and parade.

The varsity game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday had to be postponed because the Redmen’s opponent traveling from Petoskey could not get across the Mackinac Bridge due to high winds, according to the Marquette Area Public Schools Facebook page.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority website on Friday stated the bridge was closed to all vehicles except passenger cars, passenger vans and empty pickup trucks due to winds in excess of 50 miles per hour blowing over the bridge surface.

The homecoming parade will be held today at 11 a.m., according to the Marquette Police Department’s Facebook page. The football game was postponed until 1 p.m. today according to the MAPS Facebook page.

Jordan Wendt, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township, reported that the wind was expected to die down from west to east overnight on Friday.

Data gathered from the NWS website showed wind gusts up to 57 mph in Marquette County earlier in the day Friday.

Citing buoy readings on the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette, Wendt said winds were gusting between 37 to 46 mph on the lakeshore.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.