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Hurricane-force winds still threatening western Newfoundland

This imagery shows the location of Hurricane Dorian at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The dark purple area shows its strongest gusts just off the Bay of Islands and Port au Port Peninsula area. - Image courtesy of www.ventusky.com
This imagery shows the location of Hurricane Dorian at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The dark purple area shows its strongest gusts just off the Bay of Islands and Port au Port Peninsula area. - Image courtesy of www.ventusky.com - Contributed

The wind and rain of the Hurricane Dorian storm system has arrived in western Newfoundland, bringing down trees and branches and bringing up sea levels.

According to meteorologist Brian Walsh, a buoy just outside of Channel-Port aux Basques reported a maximum wave height of more than 100 feet late as the storm reached southwestern Newfoundland Saturday night.

Wind gusts in the Wreckhouse area in the southwest corner of the island reached 146 kilometres per hour.

The storm surge warning for Port aux Basques and he Wreckhouse wind warning ended Sunday morning.

Because of the adverse conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Marine Atlantic halted its operations Saturday and Sunday and said it will continue to monitor the forecast for Monday.

The first phase of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival in western Newfoundland cracked off some trees and broke off branches, like these in the lower Townsite area of Corner Brook.
The first phase of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival in western Newfoundland cracked off some trees and broke off branches, like these in the lower Townsite area of Corner Brook.

There were reports of trees being toppled in the Stephenville and Corner Brook areas and some short-lived power outages in the Corner Brook area.

The eye of the storm was moving through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, just off the west coast of Newfoundland, in a north to northeast direction Sunday morning.

The northeasterly winds that struck the west coast overnight subsided a little as dawn broke Sunday morning, but were expected to pick up again later in the morning as the winds shifted to the southwest.

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