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Legend of sources

Ione made landfall over Newfoundland as tropical storm with winds of 83 km/h on September 21.

Ione developed in an easterly wave that passed through the Cape Verde Islands on September 6, 1955, and the circulation was still quite weak on September 11th. At the storm’s maximum, winds were 195 km/h. Ione paralleled the United States eastern seaboard entering the CHC Response Zone at a strength of 167 km/h near noon on September 20. Ione entered southwestern Canadian waters before midnight that night as a 139-km/h hurricane but weakened to 83 km/h tropical storm before making landfall on the south coast of Newfoundland on the evening of September 21. Wind and rain damage was reported in Newfoundland, but no fatalities occurred. Ione left Canadian waters on the afternoon of September 23.


September 22, 1955

  • Boy broke his leg after being blown into a car in Carbonear (ET)
  • Thousands of dollars of damage in St. John’s (ET)
  • Broke light poles, uprooted trees, damaged chimneys, disrupted telephone service, and caused power outages in St. John’s (ET)
  • Roof of a Chinese laundromat on Duckworth Street blew off. Severe damage to two homes on Wood Street occurred as parts of the roof of the Chinese laundry building blew into their homes (ET)
  • Other roofs of buildings in St. John’s were also damage (ET)
  • A 1,500 lbs trailer was torn from its foundation and was thrown 3 m on Brookfield Road in St. John’s (ET)
  • Schools closed thought out the province (ET)
  • Torbay TransCanada airport cancelled three flights (ET)
  • Ferry between Bell Island and Portugal Cove disrupted (ET)

September 23, 1955

  • Several boats were lost in Carbonear (ET)
  • The storm flipped over a garage with the car still in it in Harbour Grace (ET)
  • Streets and two mines were flooded in Corner Brook (ET)
  • $2 million of damage to province (ET)
  • Three boats lost in Bay of Islands (ET)
  • Five small fishing boats were swamped in Harbour Main (ET)
  • Extensive damage to waterfront property along the southern shore of Newfoundland (ET)

September 24, 1955

  • Fisherman lost gear along the south shore of Newfoundland (HH)
  • House blew off its foundation in Foxtrap (HH)
  • A fire caused $150,000 of damage in Clarenville (HH)
  • $25,000 lost in fishing gear in Bay de Verde (ET)
  • $30,000 in damage to the phone company (ET)
  • Road washed away in Swift Current (ET)
  • $1,000 worth of damage to the power company (ET)

September 27, 1955

  • Buoys in Harbour Grace, Fortune and Stag Harbour destroyed (ET)
  • $2,000 worth of damage done to a freighter in Conception Bay (ET)
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