Strong winds, heavy rains and storm surges caused by the hurricane rally caused massive property damage and power outages in eastern Newfoundland.
The rally landed as a Category 1 hurricane. Winds of 120 km / h were generated, and in some areas the speed could reach 180 km / h. The gusts were so strong that they managed to knock down trees and power lines throughout the area, damaging buildings.
“The hurricane rally has done a lot of damage to the trees and property of our entire city,” St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said at a press conference last Saturday. “It could have been worse. No, “he added.
As of Sunday, Newfoundland Power reported that about 5,500 people were still out of power, but as many as 60,000 people experienced power outages during the storm.
The hurricane also disrupted the voting process in the region. The Canadian Election Commission has warned that advanced polling stations in the federal regions of Avalon, St. John’s East, and St. John’s South Mount Pearl have been closed due to power outages. They will resume this week.
The hurricane also caused heavy rains in some areas, with about 30 millimeters of rain in a very short period of time, CBC News reported.
After the hurricane passed, the cleanup crew worked hard to get rid of the resulting debris. National Highway 90, one of the state’s main roads, remains closed (as of Sunday) due to reported heavy damage.
The Canadian Hurricane Center states that in the last 70 years, only 23 hurricanes or tropical cyclones of hurricane intensity have landed in Canada.