Houses Near Lake Erie In New York Resemble Igloos Amid Blizzards
Houses near Lake Erie in New York now resemble elaborate igloos following blizzards and an icy blast.
Pictures show houses on Hoover Beach, just in front of the lake, covered in thick ice and long icicles after strong winds blew water from the lake ashore, where it has frozen and encased properties.
The ice is so thick on some homes that residents have had to use tools to get in and out.
Speaking to WGRZ, Hoover Beach local Ed Mis said: "I actually had to go out a secondary door and then chisel my way back into the house by breaking the ice.
"This is like our sixth storm in a matter of a few months, and it's kind of wearing on everybody."
Until the ice thaws, it is impossible to assess just how much damage has been done to the houses, though trees and power lines have also toppled in the strong winds, which almost reached 50mph.
Welcome to Narnia: Two days of gale force winds along Lake Erie have iced over many of the homes along the beach in Hamburg, NY. @news4buffalo @News_8 @EricSnitilWx @JamesGilbertWX @wnywxguy @spann @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @StormHour @NatalieKucko pic.twitter.com/uMvIdVWMGz- John Kucko (@john_kucko) February 29, 2020
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The snowfall has also been particularly heavy near Lake Erie due to the 'lake effect', which occurs when cold, dry air moves over a lake, gathering up its moisture, before dumping it on the shore as snow.
Check out some of the preliminary snowfall amounts that have been reported so far! Expect some of these totals to climb even higher as lake snow continues downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario through Saturday morning across some areas. pic.twitter.com/oXmGd7d7tb- NWS Buffalo (@NWSBUFFALO) February 29, 2020
Meanwhile, in Yorkshire, at least 78 houses are now under water following record rainfall.
Residents in Snaith and nearby villages are using boats to get about, with the water almost at ceiling level in some houses.
Kevin and Catherine Lorryman's bungalow is one of these homes and the damage is so severe they believe they may have to demolish the property.
Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Lorryman said: "We are just in a dream world at the moment and there are people all over this town exactly the same, it's a nightmare."
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