Hurricane Larry made landfall in southeastern Newfoundland overnight as a Category 1 storm, cutting power throughout St. John’s and surrounding areas in a brief, violent gust of high winds, from Torrential rains and a surprisingly high storm surge.
Hurricane warnings that had been in place for the Avalon Peninsula ended around 5 a.m., although 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.
About 60,000 customers were without power at 6:50 a.m. (NT) and social media posts appeared to show damage to structures, including a concert tent and Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School in St. John’s. .
Newfoundland Power’s website reports that customers are without power in eastern Newfoundland. Areas without electricity include St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Whitbourne and the Burin Peninsula.
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.
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.
“A little creepy”
Jennifer Massey, who lives in downtown St. John’s, said the wind blew the shingles off her roof. She said her power was turned off and she felt like she was in a “Victorian novel”.
“It’s a little weird, a little scary,” she told CBC News.
She said she hoped the tall, older trees in St. John’s would get through the night without being damaged.
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.
A photo shared on Twitter appears to show that part of the roof of Mary Queen of Peace Primary School was damaged.
Newfoundland Power will have a full workforce to repair the damage today, and people are advised to stay home so crews can easily access damaged areas.
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