Hurricane Dorian left behind power outages and damages from downed trees in western Newfoundland
CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Hurricane Dorian created plenty of anxiety as it made its way toward western Newfoundland earlier this month.
After devastating the Bahamas and wreaking havoc with Nova Scotia’s power utilities, it finally set Newfoundland and Labrador in its sights.
It was still packing hurricane-force winds and generating dangerous storm surge conditions when it arrived in southwestern Newfoundland, churned along the west coast and up the Northern Peninsula before heading out over the open Atlantic Ocean.
The wind gusts reached above 100 kilometres per hour in some parts of the western region — 157 kilometres per hour at The Wreckhouse in southwestern Newfoundland — and one wave near Port aux Basques was measured at more than 100 feet high.
Fortunately, the impact was kept to a relative minimum, though there were some intermittent power outages and property damages from fallen trees, utility poles and high water levels along the coast.
The stump and exposed root system of one of the four trees toppled by Hurricane Dorian at Mount Patricia Cemetery. The cleanup and the removal of four more unstable trees resulted in the cemetery being closed to the public for several days.
A crew from Treeworks — from left, Harry Hudson, Jeff Lee and Riley Brumsey — work to remove the remains of a tree that had fallen on Eddy Sheppard’s home on Queen Street in Stephenville as a result of Hurricane Dorian’s fierce winds.
A Newfoundland Power employee places a pylon on Caribou Road in Corner Brook, near a cracked utility pole that was leaning dangerously. The safety measure was made during the height of Hurricane Dorian’s Sept. 8 impact on western Newfoundland.
Not only humans had to brace themselves for what Hurricane Dorian brought to western Newfoundland. These gulls were hunkered down on the Corner Brook waterfront.
Despite the raging surf, someone decided to move their boat through the Humber Arm of the Bay of Islands in western Newfoundland in the midst of Hurricane Dorian the afternoon of Sept. 8.