Hurricane Larry destroys electricity, trees and fishing docks in Newfoundland – .

Hurricane Larry destroys electricity, trees and fishing docks in Newfoundland – .

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The City of St. John’s is asking residents to stay home out of this – as the Newfoundland and Labrador saying goes – so crews can clean up torn branches, power lines Falls and debris scattered through the streets by Hurricane Larry.

The storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane along the island’s south coast at 11:45 p.m. Atlantic time on Friday, bringing rain patches and sustained winds of up to 130 km / h on the Avalon Peninsula, which includes the provincial capital. of Saint-Jean. Wind gusts have reached speeds of up to 182 km / h, according to measurements taken at the Cape St. Mary’s Lighthouse.

The winds caused massive storm surges that brought waves across the road to places like St. Vincent, a popular spot for whale watching along southern Avalon. In St. John’s, the streets were lined with torn tree branches, debris torn from homes, and in the Rabbittown neighborhood, a tossed chair.

“Hurricane Larry caused a significant amount of damage to trees and property throughout our city,” St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said at a press conference on Saturday.

Yet, he said, “it could have been a lot worse. “

Larry raced across the Atlantic and ascended into Placentia Bay, a vast body of water separating the Avalon Peninsula from the rest of the island, just as high tide set in. Storm surges combined with high water levels have wreaked havoc in some of the coastal communities along Placentia Bay.

Alex Best woke up on Saturday morning to find his dock in Southern Harbor was pretty much washed away – and he almost took his boat with him.

The 86-year-old retired fisherman said he hadn’t seen high water like those caused by Larry in many decades.

“Our environment is so bad, I mean that’s what causes us to have so many storms so often now,” he said in a phone interview on Saturday. “And we’re not doing anything to fix it either – we’re just letting it get worse all the time. “

Sitting on his deck on Saturday and inspecting the damage, Best said he was taking matters into his own hands.

“One day at a time,” he said. “As long as you can get up and go, that’s the main thing. “

Along the west coast of Placentia Bay in Marystown, firefighters had to evacuate two homes because water was rising to their front doors, Fire Chief Justin Bolt said. “The people of this region had not experienced water at this height during previous storms,” ​​he said. “There was a personal dock in that area that they just managed to secure to keep it from floating. “

Larry felt comparable to Hurricane Igor, said Bolt, which caused extensive damage across the island in 2010 and even took a man offshore.

Back in St. John’s, nearly 10,000 people in the area were still without power on Saturday night, the Newfoundland Power website reported. Earlier today, more than 30,000 residents of the metropolitan area were in the dark. Winds tore off part of the roof of Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School and it lay on a pile of siding and nail-riddled planks some distance away. A huge blue tent set up along Quidi Vidi Lake to house a music festival was taken down and windows facing the road smashed in an empty building at the nearby intersection of Rawlins Cross.

But people stayed inside as the winds tried their best, and no one was hurt, Breen said. He noted that the last time he gathered the media for a press conference following a weather emergency was in January 2020, after the record snowstorm now called “Snowmageddon”. This storm forced city officials to declare a state of emergency for about a week.

It won’t happen this time around, Breen said. If people stay off the roads and let crews clean up, he said life in St. John’s after Larry would return to normal by Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 11, 2021.


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