Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Strong winds create havoc, ice barriers

Strong winds create havoc, ice barriers

The natural phenomenon is known as "ice shove" or an "ice tsunami" and occurs when strong winds force the frozen surface of a lake onto land.

Incredible video posted to social media by the Niagara Parks Police Service shoes the ice stacked up along Niagara River Parkway, and falling onto the roadway.

Winds in Buffalo reached up to 75 miles per hour, causing damage to trees and power lines on Sunday.

High wind warnings remain in effect through Monday afternoon in parts of the Northeast, including Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, weather.com reported. Ice as high as 25 to 30 feet approached homes, threatening extensive damage.

The Niagara Parks Police Service in Niagara Parks, Ontario, Canada even posted video of the freaky weather event.


Cody Law shared these photos from the Niagra River in Fort Erie on Sunday.

Stunning video out of NY captures ice hitting the Fort Erie shoreline after an ice boom gave way in Lake Erie. The general public was asked to stay away from Hoover Beach on Sunday.

A second clip then shows ice crashing against brick walls in fast moving water.

"This ice tsunami is one of the craziest things I've ever witnessed", said David Piano, a storm chaser from Hamilton, Ontario.

The weather system could still cause winds up to 60 miles per hour or higher on Monday, Fox News warned.

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