Effects on Hurricane Igor

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The Effects of Hurricane Igor

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are used to watching natural

disasters on television, not usually do they get to expierence them up front. But

on September 22, 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador was hit by Hurricane Igor,a

storm that effected everyone in different ways. Some of the effects of Hurricane

Igor were flooding and power outages that lasted up to 12 days. The Hurricane

ripped through Newfoundland as a category 1 Hurricane, and left at least 30

communities in state of emergency. This was definitely something that the

people of Newfoundland were not expecting to get so serious, and definitely

were not ready for.

As a result of Hurricane Igor the amount of rain that had fallen which was

more than 200 millimetres caused flash floods which destroyed roads, bridges,

and even homes. In some places flood water was higher than entire homes. Igor

ruined thousands of homes do to water damages. Many people lost everything in

there homes. One of the St. John's soccer fields were completely destroyed as a

result of the storm costing the city a lot of money. In one extreme case an 80

year old man from Random Island was swept off to sea when the road beneath

him was washed away. Rain was one of the major factors causing damage but

there were also other extreme factors.

Power outages were also a damaging factor which effected numerous

homes throughout the island. Winds as high as 140 km/h not only broke off

poles but also knocked down trees which in return knocked down a large number

of power lines. This power disruption affected as many as 7,000 households and

businesses leaving them without power for several days. The Eastern School

District was forced to close schools. In most cases up to a week or until power

was restored. To help cope with the power outages places like The Salvation

Army provided assisstance to people...
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