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Strong wind and blowing snow created the scene of ripped roofs and broken siding.

PHOTOS: Gusts top 150 km/h, roofs peel back in Newfoundland

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Sunday, March 12, 2017, 9:16 PM - An intense storm ushered in powerful winds that gusted up to 160 km/h in parts of Newfoundland Saturday -- roughly the equivalent of a low-end category 2 hurricane.

Multiple trailers and trucks were knocked over. Strong winds pulled off siding and roof shingles -- and in some cases, the roofs were blown off completely. 

At the height of the storm, more than 70,000 Newfoundland Power customers were without electricity. Fewer than 10,000 customers were in the dark by the early evening, and the utility ended a power warning. The St. John's Airport terminal was operating under backup power and reduced regular power, though flights were still proceeding Sunday.

The Avalon Peninsula was hit the hardest, with widespread power outages and significant damage reported. CBC reports more than 70 intersections where traffic lights were either nonfunctional or missing altogether, and Premier Dwight Ball tweeted that provincial and municipal government offices would be delayed opening Monday.

See photos of wind damage below.

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