Dam­ag­ing winds knock out power all over Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia area

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In­tense wind gusts wreaked havoc through­out the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia area and the en­tire Avalon Penin­sula Satur­day af­ter­noon, knock­ing out power and dam­ag­ing prop­erty.

New­found­land Power is re­port­ing out­ages in St. Mary’s Bay, Con­cep­tion Bay North and Trin­ity South. Those out­ages were first re­ported at ap­prox­i­mately 1:40 p.m.

In Bay Roberts, fire­fight­ers were called to the gov­ern­ment wharf on Wa­ter Street, where wind over­turned a sub­stan­tial por­tion of a metal Quon­set hut. The Town of Bay Roberts re­quested peo­ple to stay away from that area.

Ar­gen­tia had a peak wind gust of 180 kilo­me­tres per hour recorded, with Grates Cove re­port­ing a gust of 170 kilo­me­tres per hour.

By late af­ter­noon, power was re­stored to most com­mu­ni­ties in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia area, though many res­i­dents of the St. John’s Metro area, South­ern Shore and por­tions of the Burin Penin­sula were left with­out power overnight.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada fore­casted wind gust of 120-160 kilo­me­tres per hour Satur­day af­ter­noon.

TWIT­TER PHOTO COUR­TESY PHIL SMITH

Strong winds over­turned a sec­tion of this Quon­set hut lo­cated at the gov­ern­ment wharf in Bay Roberts early Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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