Chunks of ice stacked up along the Niagara River Parkway along the lake forced the roadway to be closed in some sections after the ice tsunami hit. Ice mounds between 25 and 30 feet high could be seen in photos approaching people's homes. Twitter users shared their accounts of what this ice tsunami looked like, and it is eerie.
According to a report by Fox News, The National Weather Service in Buffalo warned that winds along neighboring Lake Ontario could reach 75 mph, causing "extensive damage to trees and power lines, widespread power outages, and property damage to roofs and siding. This is a particularly dangerous situation! If you must travel be prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines," the agency said.
The ice tsunami along the Hoover Beach area of Hamburg, New York spurred a voluntary evacuation for residents there. "Residents in Hoover Beach can expect the Woodlawn FD to come door to door accounting for residents," town officials said in a Facebook post. The weather system had also generated the strong winds that toppled trees and fallen branches which took out power lines across the region Sunday and into Monday as winds gusted to 60 mph or higher. "We've had storms in the past but nothing like this," Hoover Beach resident Dave Schultz told WGRZ. "We've never had the ice pushed up against the walls and right up onto our patios… it's in my patio, the neighbor's patio, and the patio after that."