Hurricane force winds batter Newfoundland, rip off rooftops & damage vehicles (PHOTOS)
Canada’s most eastern province was hit by a brutal bout of weather on Saturday, with winds reaching speeds of up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour at the storm’s peak.
The harsh weather conditions were caused by a band of “intense” low pressure, according to Environment Canada.
** PUBLIC ADVISORY ** Pls avoid all unnecessary travel as extreme winds have resulted in unsafe conditions. (1/2)— RNC (Police) (@RNC_PoliceNL) 11 марта 2017 г.
“The extreme winds on the back of this low brought extensive damage to much of eastern Newfoundland,” the government agency said.
If you think this is windy now in Metro, just wait an hour or two. Southerly winds shift to west and increase to 120-140 km/h gusts #NLwx— Brian Walsh (@BWalshNL) 11 марта 2017 г.
“Reports of damage include: power outages, tipped over trucks and trailers, siding and shingles ripped from buildings. In extreme cases, sheds, roofs, and the top floor to some houses were blown away,” it added.
As a weather weenie, I've been lucky enough to stand within 2 miles of an EF3 tornado, but yesterday's wind storm is right up there on the bucket list. The winds were unlike anything I've ever felt first hand, measuring 120 km/h gusts with my handheld anemometer and much stronger winds while riding it out in the shaking truck. Mother nature is so impressive and days like yesterday are a good reminder of who's the boss. It's terrible to see damage to homes and property, but I'm very thankful no one was hurt. Let's hope we won't see another one like this for a long, long time. #nlwx #newfoundlandandlabrador #storm #atlanticstorm #wind
Blizzard warnings currently remain in place around Bay St George and the Corner Brook vicinity.
The hurricane force winds grounded flights at St John’s Airport, wreaking “havoc” on travel plans, the official Twitter account for the area’s major transport hub reported.
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador have since taken to social media to post images of the destruction the storm left in its wake.