Remembering Hurricane Igor

Posted by on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hurricane Igor was the most destructive tropical cyclone on record to strike the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Igor originated from a broad area of low pressure that moved off the west coast of Africa on September 6, 2010. 

Hurricane Igor struck Cape Race, Newfoundland as a large category 1 hurricane, resulting in major flooding and widespread power outages.

Many communities were forced to declare a state of emergency, and some evacuated completely as the storm approached. Igor was unusual in that it restrengthened somewhat during its final approach despite being over cool water.

As the storm made landfall near Cape Race, maximum sustained winds were estimated to be at least 120 km/h, but gusts up to 170 km/h were reported. Hurricane Igor produced hurricane conditions throughout the Avalon Peninsula and tropical storm conditions over the remainder of the island.

Media outlets have stated that Igor was the worst hurricane to hit Newfoundland in a century.

The Team

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