Hurricane Larry hits eastern Newfoundland with strong winds and storm surge – .

Hurricane Larry hits eastern Newfoundland with strong winds and storm surge – .

Hurricane Larry struck eastern Newfoundland overnight as a Category 1 storm, cutting power throughout St. John’s and surrounding areas in a brief, strong gust of high winds, torrential downpours and surprisingly high storm surge.
Hurricane warnings that had been in place for the Avalon Peninsula ended around 5 a.m. NT, although the wind warnings were still in effect for some areas, including the capital.

At 3:14 a.m. NT, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h, with gusts exceeding 180 km / h in exposed and elevated areas. Cape St. Mary’s Lighthouse reported a peak gust of 182 km / h Friday evening.
“It’s a huge, huge gust of wind,” CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said on Saturday morning.

About 60,000 customers lost their electricity in the midst of the storm. By 10 am, Newfoundland Power had restored power to nearly 15,000 customers, leaving 46,000 without.

The company will have their full workforce to repair the damage today, and people are advised to stay at home so that crews can easily access damaged areas.

Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School on Torbay Road in St. John’s sustained significant roof damage on Saturday morning. (John Gushue/CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the City of St. John’s are calling on the public to stay off the roads to minimize any risk to public safety from downed power lines and debris.

Metrobus Transit is following the RNC’s advice, saying buses will not start running until the advisory is lifted. Metrobus said it will provide an update when the service begins.

Further updates related to Hurricane Larry will be announced as necessary.

The city said major parks, including Bannerman Park, Victoria Park and Bowring Park, remain closed due to “the significant amount of debris that must be cleared.”

The winds have gradually eased over the past few hours, but Snoddon said winds will continue to blow between 70 and 80 km / h in the morning in the eastern and northeastern parts of the island before easing all afterwards. – midday in gusts of 60 to 70 km. / h with a mixture of sun and clouds.

The winds will continue to ease tonight and overnight, Snoddon said, adding that the forecast looks good for Sunday.

Fight against major road risks

“The priority for city teams right now is dealing with streets and major road hazards,” the city said in a statement.

The city is holding a media availability at 11 a.m. (9:30 a.m. ET).

The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is asking motorists to avoid the Highway 90 area near St. Vincent’s. A section of this road was damaged overnight and remains washed out on Saturday morning.

Much of the bricks on an exterior wall of the Torbay Estates apartment building in St. John’s fell to the ground after being battered by high winds. (Danny Arsenault/CBC)

Transport Minister Elvis Loveless told CBC News he has been in contact with Premier Andrew Furey throughout Saturday, getting updates from various parts of the province.

Loveless said the department monitors culverts and bridges and assesses closed roads.

“Our engineers and teams started their shift work at 5 am this morning. They are there, and I get updates as we go through, ”he said.

Loveless said crews were currently addressing Route 90, an area near North Harbor on the island’s south shore, Salmonier Line, and keeping a close watch on provincial highways, but he was unable to give a schedule for completion of repairs.

“We will be working diligently over the next few days, but from the reports I have so far, nothing can be resolved in a week,” Loveless said.

Argentia waters 1.5 meters higher than normal

Environment Canada’s latest tropical cyclone information statement indicated that a “notable” storm surge event occurred near the Burin Peninsula and the Avalon Peninsula.

The Argentia tide gauge showed a maximum water level about 150 centimeters higher than normal, according to the update.

Wind gusts from Hurricane Larry reached 182 km / h at Cape St. Mary’s. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

In Marystown, Fire Chief Justin Bolt told CBC News two homes were evacuated for a short time during the height of the storm due to concerns over the storm surge and high tides. Bolt said everyone is safe.

The rain was short-lived but intense, with about 30 millimeters falling “in a very short period of time”.

The statement said Larry made landfall at 1:30 a.m. NT just west of Long Harbor, Newfoundland, on the Avalon Peninsula.

Visible damage

Just before 3 a.m., reports on social media showed that the performance tent near Quidi Vidi Lake in place for the Iceberg Alley concert festival had suffered significant damage.

Iceberg Alley has canceled their concert scheduled for April Wine on Friday night due to the storm.

Nearby, in the Torbay Estates apartment building, the hurricane caused extensive damage to the exterior of the building.

Hurricane Larry brought a storm surge, heavy rain and high winds to the Avalon Peninsula overnight. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

Building superintendent John Brown told CBC News bricks fell from an exterior wall around 1:30 a.m., smashing into two vehicles and landing in piles.

“We’ve had windstorms in the past, and it’s usually the siding [damage], never brick, ”said Brown.

In Bay Roberts, Mayor Philip Wood told CBC News the biggest damage the city suffered was to its softball field. Wood said the canoes in the field were “completely wiped out.”

Wood asks the public to stay away from the field until it is cleared by city staff.

“To clean up around our roads and that, it will certainly take several days,” he said.

« [It was] a bad old night. “

The Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex in Bay Roberts suffered damage to its tank shelters. (Philip Wood/Twitter)

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