Hundreds left without power

MARQUETTE — Strong winds rushing through the area left hundreds of people in Marquette County without power earlier today.

Just after 9 a.m., the Upper Peninsula Power Co. reported slightly more than 1,400 people had lost electricity, according to frequently updated outage maps on the company’s website. Most of those outages, about 1,000, were reported around Gwinn.

At about the same time, an online map indicating current outages for the Marquette Board of Light and Power showed nearly 40 customers within its territory had no electricity.

The majority of the central and western Upper Peninsula was under a wind advisory and hazardous weather outlook early today, according to the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township.

Southwest winds were expected to gust as high as 45 to 55 miles per hour, with the Keweenaw Peninsula believed the most likely to experience the higher wind gusts late today and through the overnight hours, according to the NWS.