Strong winds create 'ice tsunami' in Minnesota

8:40 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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ONAMIA, Minn. (KARE 11) -- Minnesota's strange spring has delivered another unusual weather phenomena to the shores of Lake Mille Lacs.

Strong winds have pushed huge ice sheets ashore at one of Minnesota's premiere fishing lakes and right up to people's doorsteps. In some cases, the ice has pushed through the buildings.

Pictures show the ice from Lake Mille Lacs reaching the doors and windows at Izatys Resort and other buildings on the southern shore Saturday morning.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. He says the winds were lighter Sunday and the shoreline got a reprieve.

The Department of Natural Resources says about 10 miles of shoreline are covered with the huge piles of ice, with some reaching up to 30 feet high.

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