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Why Hurricane Igor was so intense

Lisa Varano, staff writer

October 6, 2010 — Hurricane Igor was the storm of the century in Newfoundland. The Weather Network's Atlantic Canada reporter, Shelley Steeves, found out why it happened.

A damaged road on Random Island
A damaged road on Random Island

A chance meeting of two weather systems -- a hurricane and a cold front -- devastated eastern Newfoundland.

Heavy rain and strong winds from Igor, a Category One hurricane, damaged Newfoundland on September 21 like no other storm in memory.

“The key that kept the storm so strong as it went into Newfoundland was a cold front, or a stationary front, well to the north of it,“ says Chris Fogarty, forecaster at the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Some of the worst damage was on the Bonavista and Burin peninsulas in eastern Newfoundland. The Canadian Forces were called in to help repair roads and rebuild bridges.

Floodwater rushes over a dam
Floodwater rushes over a dam

Their work is almost done. The military could leave Newfoundland as early as Wednesday. But people in Newfoundland have let the troops know how much they are appreciated.

“The thing that's really been remarkable is just the reaction we've gotten from people. People have been so welcoming and supportive,” says Lt. Ian McIntyre.

On Tuesday, the military was wrapping up one of its last projects -- the repair of a bridge in Petit Forte.

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