Hurricane Larry made landfall in Newfoundland: 60,000 homes without electricity

Hurricane Larry made landfall in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador with the force of a Category 1 storm, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The hurricane made landfall west of Long Harbor, on the western Avalon Peninsula, around 1:30 a.m. (Newfoundland Daylight Time), according to the Canadian Hurricane Center which observed very strong winds with gusts exceeding 180 km / h in places.

A maximum gust of 145 km / h was observed at Saint-Jean International Airport.

As a result of these strong winds, there are nearly 60,000 Newfoundlanders who woke up without power in the southeastern part of the province.

Damage was also observed on houses and the roof of a school was notably ripped off in Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve.

Early Saturday morning, Larry was rapidly moving away from Newfoundland and Labrador with maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h.

The day before, residents of eastern Newfoundland had stocked up as they prepared for the hurricane, after authorities had already warned them that the strong winds could deprive them of electricity.

The provincial government recommended that they stock up to be able to support themselves for at least 72 hours, with water, food, medicine and batteries on hand.

The Canadian Hurricane Center had issued tropical storm, wind and rain warnings on Friday in nearly 20 areas, including the Avalon Peninsula where the capital, Saint-Jean is located.

Residents were also urged to tie up their barbecues and bring in any object that could become a projectile outside.

Now will be the time to see the damage and clean up over the next few hours.

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