Storm surge, wind warnings lifted, but gusts persist on peninsulas Avalon, Bonavista

Even after weather forecasts were lifted Saturday, strong winds and big waves kept at Middle Cove Beach in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove. (Charles Pickett / submitted)

Harmful winds and dangerous storm surges in eastern Newfoundland could leave people in the area with a sense of Hurricane Larry deja vu Saturday.

Just a few weeks after Larry felled trees and blocked roads, some similar effects were again seen on the Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas.

While Environment Canada lifted storm surge and wind warnings for St. John’s and Carbonear early Saturday afternoon, there are still some strong gusts in the forecast.

The province is still warning residents to stay away from the coast as waves can come quickly and conditions are uncertain.

By Saturday morning, high winds of around 120 km / h were recorded at Grate’s Cove, 110 km / h in Bonavista and over 100 km / h in St. John’s, according to Allison Sheppard of the Environment Canada Weather Office in Gander.

She says that although the wind will continue to blow all day on Saturday, it is slowly slowing down.

“We have a low-pressure system that spins a little east of us,” Sheppard said.

“For St. John’s in the eastern part of the province, really through [Saturday night], still gusts of close to 80. And it is only true on Sunday that these winds gradually begin to subside. “

Town of Harbor Main-Chapels Cove-Lakeview tweeted this photo of Chapel’s Cove Point Road covered in debris Saturday morning, saying the road had become impassable. (Town of Harbor Main-Chapel’s Cove-Lakeview / Twitter)

Damage due to the wind has also been reported.

The Bay Roberts branch of the RCMP issued a warning that Route 70 – also known as the Conception Bay Highway – in Spaniards Bay had been rendered impassable due to debris on the road.

The road reopened around 3.30pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, more than 2,500 Newfoundland Power customers woke up to power outages in northeastern Avalon and in the Conception Bay North area Saturday morning, with fallen trees reported to have broken power lines in some places.

The power has since been restored for most residents.

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