Wild, windy weekend across the province

Wind gusts across the Avalon comparable to those of Igor.

Published on March 14, 2017

This Jayco trailer on Shoal Harbour Drive was flipped onto its side during this weekend’s wild wind.

©Mark Squibb/TC Media

It was a windy weekend.

Photos from across the province flooded social media Saturday and Sunday, showing damaged homes, toppled trailers, and wind swept sheds.

The Environment Canada office in Gander told the Packet that issues with recording equipment in the area was likely a result of the high winds.


“We couldn’t accurately measure the wind for a couple of hours, the equipment went  down for a period of time, which is understandable with those winds, a media representative told The Packet.

Gander did record gusts of a 100 km/h and the Terra Nova observation saw a peak of 93 km/h.

Across the Avalon, winds were much stronger.  Environment Canada confirmed a peak wind of 180 km/h in Argentia and a peak of 170 km/h in Grates Cove, numbers that are comparable to when Hurricane Igor swept across the province in 2010.

Environment Canada also noted several stations across the Avalon observed winds of 140-180 km/h.

Damage around town has been minor compared to what it has been around the rest of the province, said Clarenville mayor Frazer Russell.

You have shingles blowing off roofs, some siding blowing off a house, some utility trailers being tipped over- these kinds of things.

This old fishing shed on Rolling Cove Road in Bonavista lost its roof over the weekend.

©Eric Abbott photo