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High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice

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Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds howled through much of the eastern U.S. for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mounds of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie.

Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 mph (119 kph) — or higher were reported around the region, including West Virginia and New York. While atop Mount Washington, the Northeast's highest peak of 6,288 feet (1,916 meters) in New Hampshire, a gust of 144 mph (231 kph) was recorded.

Toppled trees and power poles, easy targets for strong winds that uprooted them from ground saturated by rain and snowmelt, plunged homes and businesses into darkness, though in most places power was expected back quickly as winds died down by the end of Monday. Hundreds of schools were delayed or canceled in New York alone.

The wind peeled off roofs in places. In Syracuse, New York, scaffolding blown off a building knocked down power lines.

Wind advisories and warnings were in effect through Monday in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast up to northern New England. In Maine, police say a trucker blamed wind for causing his tractor-trailer loaded with bananas to swerve and overturn on the Maine Turnpike. While in Sandusky, Ohio, a motorist captured video of a tractor-trailer flipping over on a bridge .

Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road.

Dramatic footage captured by park police in Ontario showed the massive chunks roiling onto shore. High winds had raised water levels on the eastern end of Lake Erie in a phenomenon known as a seiche and then, according to the New York Power Authority, driven ice over a boom upstream from the river.

Ice mounds 25 to 30 feet (8 to 9 meters) high also came ashore farther south, piling up on several lakefront properties in suburban Hamburg.

"We've had storms in the past, but nothing like this," 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."

A voluntary evacuation for the area was issued Sunday.

Empty tractor-trailers and empty tandem trucks have been banned on some highways. Trucks were also banned on some bridges in New York City, where the winds sent litter swirling in the canyons between skyscrapers and rocked sidewalk food carts precariously.

Rose Hirschbeck, of Hamburg, NY, photographs mounds of ice collected along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A massive build up of ice is seen after being pushed onto the shore of Mather Park, near the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to spill over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
A man photographs a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A tree downed by strong winds lays across the front of a vehicle parked on Beech Ave. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on the North Side of Pittsburgh. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Jill Anszis holds her dog Tinker Bell as she looks at the house she was in at the time a tree fell upon it in Springfield, Pa., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania as high winds continue to roar through the state, knocking down trees and power lines. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Drew Mitchell, an employee of Falling Timber Landscaping of Saxonburg, Pa., removed branches from a tree the fell on the roof of the home of Joe and Alise Zylinski Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Natrona Heights, Pa. Mr. Zylinski said work was done on the roof on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, joins Captain Brian MacLaren, left, on an ice breaking mission aboard the New York Power Authority's ice breaker William Latham on the Niagara River, to keep water intakes clear, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road and high winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News via AP, Pool)
Parking enforcement officer Sally Carnevale struggles with a gust of wind as she checks out cars on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, February 25, 2019. Winds over 30 miles per hour with gusts even higher are causing poor visibility and local power outages. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Drew Mitchell, an employee of Falling Timber Landscaping of Saxonburg, Pa., removed branches from a tree the fell on the roof of the home of Joe and Alise Zylinski Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Natrona Heights, Pa. Mr. Zylinski said work was done on the roof on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Drew Mitchell, an employee of Falling Timber Landscaping of Saxonburg, Pa., removed branches from a tree the fell on the roof of the home of Joe and Alise Zylinski Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Natrona Heights, Pa. Mr. Zylinski said work was done on the roof on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
Parking enforcement officer Sally Carnevale struggles with a gust of wind as she checks out cars on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, February 25, 2019. Winds over 30 miles per hour with gusts even higher are causing poor visibility and local power outages. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
Parking enforcement officer Sally Carnevale struggles with a gust of wind as she checks out cars on North Street in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, February 25, 2019. Winds over 30 miles per hour with gusts even higher are causing poor visibility and local power outages. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
A tree downed by strong winds lays across the front of a vehicle parked on Beech Ave. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on the North Side of Pittsburgh. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
A tree downed by strong winds lays across the front of a vehicle parked on Beech Ave. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on the North Side of Pittsburgh. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Rose Hirschbeck, of Hamburg, NY, photographs mounds of ice collected along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Rose Hirschbeck, of Hamburg, NY, photographs mounds of ice collected along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
A massive build up of ice is seen after being pushed onto the shore of Mather Park, near the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to spill over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A massive build up of ice is seen after being pushed onto the shore of Mather Park, near the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to spill over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
Jill Anszis holds her dog Tinker Bell as she looks at the house she was in at the time a tree fell upon it in Springfield, Pa., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania as high winds continue to roar through the state, knocking down trees and power lines. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Jill Anszis holds her dog Tinker Bell as she looks at the house she was in at the time a tree fell upon it in Springfield, Pa., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania as high winds continue to roar through the state, knocking down trees and power lines. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A family walks near a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, NY, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, joins Captain Brian MacLaren, left, on an ice breaking mission aboard the New York Power Authority's ice breaker William Latham on the Niagara River, to keep water intakes clear, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road and high winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News via AP, Pool)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, joins Captain Brian MacLaren, left, on an ice breaking mission aboard the New York Power Authority's ice breaker William Latham on the Niagara River, to keep water intakes clear, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Giant chunks of ice spilled over the banks of the Niagara River across from Buffalo on Sunday, creating a jagged, frosty barrier between the river and a scenic road and high winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News via AP, Pool)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Mounds of ice collect along the Lake Erie shore at Hoover Beach, in Hamburg, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. High winds howled through much of the nation's eastern half for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mountains of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
A man photographs a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)
A man photographs a massive build up of ice that was pushed onto the shore of Mather Park in Fort Erie, Ont., Monday, February 25, 2019. A windstorm Sunday broke an ice boom in Lake Erie and allowed the ice, which was floating on the water at the mouth of the Niagara River, to shove over the retaining wall and onto the shore and the roadway above. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press via AP)