October 14, 2006 at 11:45 pm 13 comments


We experienced very strong winds for a few days last week and we’ve had quite a windstorm on Thursday night, actually it was the wee hours of Friday morning.  The wind was howling at 60 with gusts of up to 90 kmh.  I haven’t seen any damage in my neighbourhood but it was a different story downtown.  The strong winds blew the windows of a hotel parkade and this “forced police to close several streets for fear more glass would rain down from other buildings onto pedestrians and vehicles,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press.  Also, one vehicle was struck and the windshield smashed by a falling window pane.  And a huge oak tree snapped and fell on this guy’s Dodge Caravan.  Nobody was hurt though.


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  • 1. ipanema  |  October 15, 2006 at 12:08 am

    A windstorm? Oh my, that’s very strong indeed. To topple a huge oak tree. I think it’s not a good idea to be out during this period huh?

  • 2. Shoshana  |  October 15, 2006 at 12:51 am

    I find windstorm rather scary. They’re loud because they bang everything in site. They’re probaby not as scary as electrical storm with all those thunders, but it’s close.

    Besides, i have this secret fear that my house will get uprooted by wind.

  • 3. bw  |  October 15, 2006 at 12:57 am

    Last Friday the Niagara area and most of Buffalo, NY ( very close to Toronto – about 2 hrs) had a nasty snowstorm. The snow was so wet and heavy that the tree branches were breaking ! Power lines were cut. Oh my – not in October!

  • 4. ann  |  October 15, 2006 at 1:53 am

    We all have storms…wind..snow…ours is sandstorm.

  • 5. Sidney  |  October 15, 2006 at 3:02 am

    Not a funny experience. I experienced a typhoon for the first time in my life and I have to confess it was very scary. The worst thing is that you can’t do anything. You have to wait till its over and hope for the best.

  • 6. aurea  |  October 15, 2006 at 3:02 am

    Falling glass? That’s scary! The weather is weird… it just snowed in New York state.

  • 7. niceheart  |  October 15, 2006 at 9:34 am

    Ipanema, yes it was dangerous and a wind warning was issued that night.

    Shoshana, I was also scared that night when I heard the wind howling and metal clanging. I thought posts or street signs have fallen. But I think it was the sound of the tree infront of our house banging against the roof.

    I saw that in the news BW. Some parts of Manitoba also got snow and lost electrical power due to the strong winds.

  • 8. niceheart  |  October 15, 2006 at 9:37 am

    Now, Ann, I haven’t experienced a sandstorm yet. It must be also quite something.

    You’re right, Sidney. There’s really nothing we can do but stay put indoors in weather like this.

    Falling glass sounds really scary, Aurea. it’s good that nobody was hurt.

  • 9. Hsin  |  October 15, 2006 at 10:11 am

    Sounds like the typhoons we get here. I’m not sure if our winds here are as bad, or worse, but the snapping of an oak tree certainly sounds like yours is worse. I worry most about shattering glass. The last typhoon, we could see our windows actually bending with the strong gusts, like a sheet of plastic. Very nervous time.

    By the way, sorry for not coming by for so long. I’ve been reading, but not having much energy to comment….

  • 10. haze  |  October 15, 2006 at 10:46 am

    Nature can be beautiful and also dangerous at the same time! That’s terrible, we also have it in Marseille we call it MISTRAL ! What we need in Marseille is rain ! It’s to dry and plants are suffering ! Good to know nobody was hurt, that’s always a release !

  • 11. niceheart  |  October 15, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Hsin, nice to see you back here. You don’t have to excuse yourself. I know that you’ve got your plate full. This windstorm was really bad. There was a another building downtown where they were trying to hold the glass windows with suction cups because the metal streak was not secure.

    Hello Haze. The beauty and danger of nature eh. We also had a very dry summer this year. The rains came only towards the beginning of Fall.

  • 12. zeroimpact  |  October 16, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Glad that nobody got hurt
    Sometimes the force or nature just hits us out of nowhere
    We have got to be prepare all the time and be careful too

  • 13. Kyels  |  October 16, 2006 at 9:23 am

    I am glad that no one got hurt … And I hope that things are better now after the windstorm.



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