Strong winds have blasted much of northern New York state, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools and pushing mounds of ice on to the shores of Lake Erie. The ice was on the water’s surface but was blown off the lake and on to the shore.
The phenomenon, officially called an ice shove or ice surge, occurs when ocean currents, strong winds or temperature differences push ice blocks from the water onto the shore – in this case winds of 119kph.
Towering 30ft walls of ice were spotted on the shores of Lake Erie and banks of the Niagara River in New York State near the Canadian border on Monday 25 February.
Video footage shows undulating chunks of ice surging over the lake’s edge, eerily propelled by an invisible force.
Police warned people to drive carefully, while a voluntary evacuation was encouraged for residents of Hoover Beach, a neighbourhood on the eastern edge of Lake Erie.
SANDUSKY, Ohio– The intense power of Sunday’s storm was caught on camera as a gust of wind turned a tractor trailer over on its side.
It happened on the Thomas Edison Memorial Bridge that carries Route 2 over Sandusky Bay. It is considered one of the most dangerous bridges in Ohio, especially when high winds whip across the bay.
“Thomas Edison Bridge in particular has a history of incidents like we had yesterday due to we have several miles of unobstructed territory. And so it really picks up through there, there`s nothing to stop the wind,” Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Brett Gockstetter said.
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