Unusually strong winds gusting as high as 74 mph this afternoon caused the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom to suffer damage flooding the Niagara River with Ice. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed the event this evening after portions of the boom were spotted floating in the river.
The Niagara Frontier is being buffeted by winds this afternoon reaching 68 miles per hour. Port Colborne, Ontario had a gust at 2:12pm of 79 mph according to the National Weather Service Office At Buffalo. Meteorologists are speculating that the winds could get worse as the day goes on.