Wall of ice pushes ashore in ‘ice tsunami’ on Lake Erie

Credit: Tara Walton

Credit: Tara Walton

Severe winds from a powerful weekend storm created quite a scene along the Niagara River in Ontario as huge chunks of ice pushed ashore in what's known as an "ice tsunami."

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Video posted by the Niagara Parks Police Service in Canada shows what some are also calling an ice shove.

Strong winds blew ice over the retaining wall from Lake Erie, creating a free flow of ice chunks along the roadway.

The large buildup of ice along the road forced police to shut down the Niagara River Parkway and urge drivers to use caution.

South of Buffalo, New York, in the town of Hamburg, ice was pushing ashore and closing in on lakefront buildings, according to media reports. On Monday, officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for Hoover Beach.

High winds push free-floating lake or sea ice ashore in what meteorologists call an "ice tsunami."

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