Southwestern N.L. cleans up after Earl
Homes, yards and vehicles that were smashed and torn up by tropical storm Earl in southwestern Newfoundland were being cleaned up Monday.
Raging winds felled century-old trees and temporarily knocked out power in the Bay St. George area and in Corner Brook as the storm moved through Saturday night after being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.
A photo submitted to CBCNews.ca shows that the top floor of a new home being built in Bonne Bay was crushed by the high winds
Other submitted photos show huge trees uprooted in Corner Brook. Some lean heavily against a rooftop and another left a gaping pit in the United Church cemetery when its upended roots took a large chunk of the ground with them.
City Coun. Leo Bruce said city crews hope to have most of the post-Earl cleanup well in hand by Monday night.
Bruce spent Sunday touring Corner Brook, and said Earl left its mark clearly on the city.
"There's a lot of yards tore up," he said. "There's some houses that trees came down on, and also there's a lot of vehicles in the city that the trees smashed into."
In the former town of Curling, which is now part of Corner Brook, the winds picked up a trampoline on one yard and dropped it on a nearby car, Bruce said.
"I assume all night, the trampoline just went back and forth and caused thousands and thousands of dollars damage to the car."
Earl had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached southwestern Newfoundland Saturday evening, but the island's west coast still saw strong winds and rain throughout the night.
The peak winds were clocked at 129 km/h in the Wreckhouse area, while Stephenville airport experienced gusts up to 115 km/h.