As post-tropical storm Dorian moves its way through western Newfoundland, after walloping the Maritime provinces, high winds are knocking trees into power lines and toppling fences Sunday afternoon.
Environment Canada still has a hurricane warning in effect for much of the western and southwestern regions of Newfoundland, as well as the south coast of Labrador.
Wind warnings were extended late Sunday morning to include the Bonavista region.
Gusts up to 150 km/h should be expected in coastal areas, according to the latest forecast.
Newfoundland Power tweeted it had received multiple reports of trees being blown over and knocking into power lines along parts of the west coast.
3 massive trees taken down by #Dorian high winds in Stephenville, says Ryan William Flowers, who sent this video to us
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“That’s going to be the big issue of the day,” says Doug Mercer, senior meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
The wind and possibility of storm surges later on Sunday are the main points of concern, Mercer said, as the storm’s centre moves through the Strait of Belle Isle by around 3 p.m. NT.
The storm is tracking its way over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence Sunday morning, before moving up to the Northern Peninsula in the afternoon.
In Stephenville and along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, people were reporting increasingly gusty winds, as well as rain starting late Sunday morning.
“You’re going to have a band of southwesterlies that are forecast to be hurricane force, and as the storm moves up into the Strait and nears the coast, those winds are going to be picking up,” he said.
Les vagues à la marina de Cap St-George, filmé vers 10h30 ce matin #nlwx #icitnl #icinb @CBCNL @iciacadie #Dorian2019 pic.twitter.com/ufwGf03T9U
“The strongest winds, I would expect, would be somewhere near Corner Brook, moving up toward the Parson’s Pond-Hawke’s Bay region, then it may drop off a little bit as it gets up toward St. Anthony.”
Those high winds gave Don Rideout a bit of a scare overnight, when a neighbour called to say there was a broken window at his mother’s house nearby.
Rideout said the neighbour spotted a curtain blowing out through a broken window, so Rideout went over to see what had happened.
“I thought it was a bridge at first or a patio on the ground by the side of mom’s house there, so I went on inside and when I went in there was glass everywhere and the window was all gone,” Rideout said.
Nasty morning out on the Gulf of St. Lawerence. #nlwx pic.twitter.com/2ustXvMIZw
His mother, 89, had taken her hearing aid out to go to sleep, and hadn’t realized what had happened.
“She was wondering why the bed was shaking so much,” Rideout said, of the wind gusting through his mother’s house.
Rideout took a closet door from his mother’s room and boarded up the broken window from the inside, waiting until daylight to get someone to come and seal it more safely from the exterior.
In the meantime, Rideout said the debris that had struck his mother’s house was from a neighbour’s garage.
“The roof blew off and came over and hit the side of mom’s house, and had all kinds of damage on the siding there and busted out the window, too,” he said.
Rideout lives along the Port aux Basques shoreline, and had worried about the storm surges at high tide around 7 a.m. NT. But, he said, the surges weren’t bad; he did notice there’s a fair amount of scattered debris along the coast.
High wind in the area isn’t unusual, but Rideout said this weekend’s gusts were very powerful.
“I don’t know, it’s like the winds are different, they’re packing more of a punch or something,” he said.
“We’ve had higher winds here — I’ve been in the house with 160, 170 [km/h] winds, but I don’t know what’s happening lately.”
Not much rain
Power outages due to high winds and rain are being reported in the Rose Blanche area, as well as in Pasadena and along the north shore of the Bay of Islands, according to the Newfoundland Power website.
Rainfall amounts are not expected to be high, Mercer said, adding the area where the most rain can be expected is the south coast of Labrador.
#StephenvilleNL #Dorian #nlwx pic.twitter.com/Uq7imoQh6t
As the storm moves northward, winds will make their way further inland into the Baie Verte Peninsula, and possibly into the Bay of Exploits, Mercer said.
By 9 p.m., Dorian’s storm system will be tracking north of St. Anthony before moving off into the North Atlantic.
Waves will be between four and seven metres due to Hurricane Dorian, Environment Canada says.
Marine Atlantic’s scheduled crossings for Sunday have been cancelled and moved to Monday.
Overnight Saturday, heavy rain caused some water buildup on roads in parts of Newfoundland.
Dorian wreaked havoc through the rest of Atlantic Canada on Saturday, toppling trees, blowing roofs off homes, and even knocking over a massive industrial crane onto a building in the middle of Halifax.
In Irishtown-Summerside. Power out. Wind up to crazy gust levels. #nlwx #dorian pic.twitter.com/g1ya4UEFgP
It whipped through Nova Scotia as a Category 2 hurricane, with gusts up to 141 km/h; the warning was diminished to a post-tropical storm around 7:30 p.m. NT as it made landfall in Halifax.
Nearly 400,000 customers in Nova Scotia are still without power Sunday morning, according to Nova Scotia Power’s outage listing website.
The Dorian storm system had whipped through coastal areas of North and South Carolina last week, after tearing through the Bahamas.
The storm had destroyed more than 13,000 homes and is being blamed for more than 40 deaths in the Bahamas.