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Damaging winds pound Newfoundland


Staff writers
January 5, 2012 — Hurricane force gusts battered parts of Newfoundland Wednesday cutting power and damaging buildings in the area.


Wednesday's peak wind gusts
Wednesday's peak wind gusts

A strong low pressure system that tracked across the island Wednesday brought everything from rain to snow and hurricane force gusts.

Cape Race saw winds clock in at 135 km/h while St. John's airport recorded gusts just over 100 km/h.

The powerful winds knocked trees onto power lines cutting power for several hours to places like Green's Harbour and Harbour Grace.

Officials were also forced to halt renovations at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary headquarters as winds caused damage to the roof building there.

Meanwhile, for areas including Stephenville and Deer Lake, heavy snow was the story on Wednesday. Upwards of 20 cm of snow fell causing dangerous conditions on the roads.

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