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Hurricane Slams Into Newfoundland

October 20, 2000

MCCALLUM, Newfoundland (AP) _ Hurricane Michael slammed into southern Newfoundland late Thursday, knocking down power lines, disrupting ferry service and damaging homes.

The storm weakened as it moved inland. Forecasters said it was packing winds of 85 mph late Thursday, down from almost 100 mph earlier in the day when it was still over the Atlantic.

Ferry service to the province was disrupted as the hurricane tracked up the North Atlantic.

``It’s pretty heavy right now, I’ll tell you,″ said Guy Nash, a resident of the village of McCallum, in the region hit by the brunt of the storm. ``We’ve had winds like this before, but it’s not our normal routine. This is way above. It’s not something usual.″

In nearby Seal Cove, resident Alexander Forsey said the storm tore siding off a few homes in the village and knocked out power briefly.

Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the center, forecasters said.

Michael was the 13th named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Of the 13, eight have been hurricanes. The average year has 10 named storms and six hurricanes.

A storm becomes a hurricane when sustained winds reach 74 mph.

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