Fri, 22 Oct 2021

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland: Hurricane Larry made landfall as a Category 1 storm on the southern coast of Newfoundland on Canada's Atlantic coast, causing heavy rains and sustained 80 miles per hour winds across the Avalon Peninsula, which includes the provincial capital of St. John's.

On Saturday morning, the city's streets were littered with fallen branches, and many trees were uprooted and overturned.

The city's government asked residents to stay at home so crews could clear downed power lines and other debris.

At a news conference on Saturday, St. John's Mayor Danny Breen said, "Hurricane Larry caused a significant amount of tree and property damage throughout our city."

Damage included a large part of the roof of the Mary Queen of Peace Elementary School, which was blown away.

Newfoundland Power's website confirmed some 10,000 people in St. John's were still without power on Saturday evening, compared with more than 30,000 in the metro region who were without electricity earlier in the day.

However, the Tim Horton's coffee shop near the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery remained open, with people lining up for their morning coffee.

Brandon Snook and his infant son, Myles, were outside the coffee shop as his wife went inside, stressing they did not have any power to make their own coffee, as reported by Reuters.

Meanwhile, several traffic-facing windows of an empty building near the Rawlins Cross intersection were shattered, leaving the building's interior exposed.

Parts of the green iron fencing surrounding the Basilica Cathedral also fell to the ground and several windows were missing.

Newfoundland Power told those who had no electricity that its crews had been working all day to restore power lines.

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