WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The eastern part of the country is experiencing power outages and travel delays due to high winds.
- Add to that, a wall of ice, brought about by an “ice tsunami” started to form Sunday across parts of New York along Lake Erie.
- The massive chunks of ice being pushed along lakeshore areas were captured in a video by the Niagara Parks Police Service.
The eastern half of the United States is experiencing chaos due to high winds, causing power outages and travel delays and more recently, an “ice tsunami.”
On Sunday, the windstorm formed an “ice tsunami” across parts of New York along Lake Erie, creating a wall of ice as large chunks of ice were pushed by the waves along lakeshore areas.
A video posted by the Niagara Parks Police Service on Twitter shows massive chunks of ice piled up along the Niagara River Parkway along Lake Erie, closing some parts of the roadway.
@NiagParksPolice advising that @NiagaraParks Roads Department closing Niagara River Parkway near Mathers Arch. Strong winds blowing ice over the retaining wall from the lake. Drive with caution. Video courtesy @NiagRegPolice Insp. Garvey…. pic.twitter.com/RdXh5HYxfx
— Niagara Parks Police (@NiagParksPolice) February 24, 2019
“Strong winds blowing ice over the retaining wall from the lake,” the agency cautioned. “Drive with caution.”
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Buffalo announced that winds along nearby Lake Ontario could reach up to 75 mph. This can cause “extensive damage to trees and power lines, widespread power outages, and property damage to roofs and siding,” the agency warned.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation! If you must travel be prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines,” the weather service added.
The ice tsunami along the Hoover Beach area of Hamburg, New York prompted the residents to evacuate voluntarily.
Ice mounds that go as high as 25 to 30 feet high started to approach homes near the lake.
Dave Schultz, a resident of Hoover Beach told WGRZ, “We’ve had storms in the past but nothing like this. We’ve never had the ice pushed up against the walls and right up onto our patios… it’s in my patio, the neighbor’s patio, and the patio after that.”
Strong winds, gusting to 60 mph or higher, have knocked down trees and taken out power lines across the area Sunday and into Monday.
On Sunday night, a hurricane strength wind speed of 74 mph was recorded in Tucker County, West Virginia while a speed of 61 mph was reported at the Pittsburgh airport.
Source: Fox News