Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Experiencing Hurricane Igor first hand

I don't even have the words to describe it that would do it proper justice. It was frightening, humbling and exhausting.

As I mentioned before, the rain and winds started Monday....long before Igor was anywhere near NL.

Then it got worse.

Many communities declared states of emergency. Many communities are cut off and not accessible because roads/bridges are washed away. Power can't be restored in these areas because of this. Parts of the Trans Canada Highway are closed. The highest reports I have seen, have the top wind speed at 172 kms/hr and the most rainfall at 239 cms.

I've never seen trees bend like they did. We could feel our whole house shake with every gust of wind. Jake was sure we were going to die. We lost power around 3 in the afternoon, so we sat in the basement, gathered around my clock radio, listening to the latest news and updates. With almost every gust of wind, I expected to hear or see part of our roof lift off. Thankfully, we had no damage here. Many others in our province were not so fortunate. We are concerned for friends of ours...we know their area was hit hard....but we're unable to contact them.

I took pictures...but again they did not even begin to do justice. Here are a couple of links, some with pictures (not my pictures but submitted by others).

Statement from Environment Canada with wind speeds and
rainfalls: Found here

Some pictures from CBC here although you have to scroll down to see them

CBC news story here


Justme said...

Glad to hear you guys are safe :) We had wind down here also, but not that bad. It made an awful noise though and our house was doing some shaking also.

Renee said...

Glad to hear you are safe....Joel and I looked at the pictures...So much water and so strong...yikes...Take care...lifting you in prayer.

At Home on the Rock... said...

Thanks everyone!

Shannon said...

So glad you are all safe. Those photos are incredible and I can't imagine what it must have been like to go through that! Praying your friends are safe, too!