Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

High winds cause ice boom to give way in Lake Erie

High winds cause ice boom to give way in Lake Erie

So much ice flowed into the Niagara River that many thought the ice boom had broken.

The windstorm - which gusted from 40 to 75 miles per hour across parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Appalachians - created an "ice tsunami" across parts of NY along Lake Erie on Sunday, pushing large chunks of ice along lakeshore areas, and prompting evacuations.

The area was shutdown due to the ice stacking.

Large chunks of ice could be seen slamming into the wall.

Ice mounds 25 to 30 feet high also came ashore farther south, piling up on several lakefront properties in suburban Hamburg.

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While metro Detroit is expected to see high wind gusts with a High Wind Warning in effect throughout the day Sunday until 4 a.m. That combination of cold air and strong wind gusts will make things feel rather uncomfortable at times through the morning.

Mather Arch is located near the Canada/US border in Fort Erie. High winds had raised water levels on the eastern end of Lake Erie in a phenomenon known as a seiche and then, according to the New York Power Authority, driven ice over a boom upstream from the river.

"This ice tsunami is one of the craziest things I've ever witnessed", said David Piano, a storm chaser from Hamilton, Ontario.

Nearby in the town of Hamburg, a voluntary evacuation was issued for residents living on the shore of Lake Erie as the massive mounds of ice crawled right up to people's homes.

"For the general public, we are asking you to stay out of Hoover Beach", police said.

The damaging winds were evident in the Niagara Region, where someone captured a dramatic video of high winds forcing ice over a bridge along a pedestrian pathway.

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