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Strong Gale Force Winds Turn Houses Along Lake Erie Into Ice Sculptures

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Last weekend – Instead of winter residents living along the shore of Lake Erie in New York woke up and surprise when they found their homes completely encased in thick ice. Thanks to the gale-force winds and frigid temperatures have caused 15-foot waves to form on the lake and layer of ice as thick as 4 inches who covered houses and turn into amazing ice castles and sculptures. But that is a nightmare for the residents of lake

(CNN), Ed Mis, he lives on South Shore Drive in the Hoover Beach neighborhood of Hamburg, about 8 miles south of Buffalo said that there was no ice in his yard or home on Thursday but by Friday morning his home and neighboring houses were completely covered about 12 feet of ice. Mis told CNN, “It looks fake, it looks unreal.” Adding, “It’s dark on the inside of my house. It can be a little eerie, a little frightening.”

 

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However, the sight is really surreal and wonderful look like ice castles on “Frozen” movies, but residents are worried it could cause structural damage to their homes. “We’re worried about the integrity, of structure failure when it starts to melt, because of the weight on the roof,” Mis said.

Beginning on February 27th and continuing for 48 hours, winds gusted over Lake Erie at speeds up to 60 mph (97 km/h). Around this time of year, ice cover is usually abundant on Lake Erie’s surface. That typically prevents the shoreline from being soaked with cold water during powerful storms; however, Lake Erie’s eastern end is nearly ice-free this year, leaving the shore vulnerable to spray from storm-whipped waves. [source]

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And while the neighborhood has seen ice coatings before, he said this is the first time it’s been this bad. “The ice kept amassing as waves crashed onshore and the strong winds carried excess water further inland,” said the meteorologist.

Mis said the ice has begun to melt a bit since Friday, and he hopes the governor will approve an emergency declaration to help the neighborhood recover.

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