Extreme winds have toppled trees, ripped away roofs and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses across parts of the U.S. and Canada this week, with some gusts reaching hurricane strength.
At New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory, New England’s highest point, wind gusts reached 171 mph on Monday, breaking the month’s previous record of 166 mph set in 1972. The strongest gust ever recorded of 231 mph was in 1934, according to the observatory.
Meteorologist Tom Padham, who works at the observatory, described the powerful wind as coming around once every 10 or 15 years.
“There is a constant low rumble, at least to the building,” he told New Hampshire Public Radio on Monday. “And then outside it is absolutely a deafening roar.”
Yesterday's Hays Chart, with a gust of 171 mph reaching a new all-time peak for the month of February! Peak 1-hr average of 138 mph with a daily of 110 mph. #mwobs#mountwashington#nhwx#windy#category5https://t.co/snNBsh3YQRpic.twitter.com/bU6YXXlXfy— MWObservatory (@MWObs) February 26, 2019
In addition to the more common reports of power outages and downed trees, there were more unusual instances of destruction seen.
In western Maine, the wind’s strength was on full display atop Sugarloaf Mountain where a communication tower had doubled over after it was hit with winds approximated as topping 100 mph.
In Clinton, Massachusetts, incredible video captured a corrugated roof being blown into the air like tissue paper before landing within feet of passing cars.
Dash cam video captures the moment the corrugated roof was blown off a building as winds topped 65 mph in parts of New England.— ABC News (@ABC) February 26, 2019
No injuries were reported in this incident. https://t.co/kPl7q8GN9Zpic.twitter.com/47ATDTL8L0
Elsewhere in the country, a passerby filmed a semi-truck being blown onto its side along a highway in Sandusky, Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported, the Sandusky Register reported.
The Bradley Police advising Shell gas station in 100 BLK S Kinzie has canopy collapse early this morning due to high winds. Business closed - no reported injuries or hazardous conditions. pic.twitter.com/F0es3ZIjzu— Bradley Police (@BradleyPolice) February 24, 2019
Then up in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, incredible video captured winds hurling a wave of ice over the Niagara River Parkway’s retaining wall.
Whoaa! Listen to the sound!— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) February 25, 2019
Ice “tsunami” caused by extreme winds.
Niagara River, Fort Ontario. pic.twitter.com/2U5vx7NIPu
@NiagParksPolice advising that @NiagaraParks Roads Department closing Niagara River Parkway near Mathers Arch. Strong winds blowing ice over the retaining wall from the lake. Drive with caution. Video courtesy @NiagRegPolice Insp. Garvey.... pic.twitter.com/RdXh5HYxfx— Niagara Parks Police (@NiagParksPolice) February 24, 2019
The high winds were the result of a low-pressure system that traveled from the southwest to northeast before exiting the U.S. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The wind was forecast to begin slowly weakening on Monday night in the northeast.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.