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'Ice Tsunami' hits lake superior community


'Ice Tsunami' Hits Lake Superior Community


Well, we might be in the month of May, but it's doesn't seem like spring yet in Michigan. Residents there are experiencing what some are calling an ... "Ice Tsunami." WILX says:

"Huge blocks of ice wash ashore on Lake Superior. Neighbors in the community of Big Traverse Bay say the ice crept up slowly, smashing into their homes."

A northwest wind reportedly helped drive the ice up on the bank. According to Mark Gill, the director of vessel traffic services for local city Sault Ste. Marie, this is the most ice they've seen in a long time. Detroit Free Press says:

"This year the ice coverage is probably the worst or most ice the lakes have seen in probably about 35 plus years."

Ice plate thickness is measured to be about 3-4 feet, but the plates often break, stack on top of one another and freeze together.

Some homes were hit hard. Insurance adjusters plan to assess the damage in a few days.

But this ice-attack is affecting more than the neighborhoods surrounding the lake. It's also, to put it bluntly, messin' up the economy.

According to AccuWeather, the iced-over Great Lakes are slowing down shipments to and from Canada, which is a big problem, because as...

BMO Financial Group reports, the Great Lakes region accounts for 28 percent of combined U.S. and Canadian economic activity.

Due to this intense and prolonged winter, the region should reportedly prepare for a chilly summer, and a cooler fall.

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flabdoo1 May 04 2014 at 1:37 PM

in your story you said Massachusetts, should have been Michigan?

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George May 04 2014 at 7:16 PM

Most people are aware of the correlation between a rise in natural disasters and the decline of moral values in this country (homosexuality, gay marriage, abortion, pornography, murders, etc.). It is pretty obvious that this country is heading towards a Soddom and Gomorrah type of destruction. This country needs prayer, lots of prayer.

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tbplayer44 May 04 2014 at 12:55 PM

Hmmm. Remember the Polar Ice Pack is melting due to man-made Global Warming? However, that has been proven a lie. As the ice is so thick and abundant, that now the Polar Bears are starving because they cannot break thru the ice to get to their food source. Ya cant have it both ways.

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atmnlvsbr May 04 2014 at 12:54 PM

When did Massachusetts move to Lake Superior?

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Debbie atmnlvsbr May 04 2014 at 1:09 PM

Maybe the ice pushed it over?

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bvichinsky May 04 2014 at 12:49 PM

don't tell me tell that dumb ass al gore and his global warming. in his world if you have warming it also includes cold.

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squirmer77678 bvichinsky May 04 2014 at 1:22 PM

The total man made global warming is about 1.9 degrees f. That seemingly small increase actually represents an incredible amount of enegy, and as the warmer oceans and winds circulate about the globe, that energy crashes into continents, frigid oceans, mountains, and causes extreme weather events. In the arctic it warming a large area, and moving the wind patterns, so that figid air flows much father south, cause massive ice on the Great Lakes, and much colder weather, this year at least. Next year it may be elsewhere, extreme warmth-caused weather in new areas, and severely colder weather in others.

It's not a small temp rise that we can cure with a bit more AC, it's large weather changes that cause unexpected storm and weather damage. Although man made greenhouse gases cause a slow rise in average temps, thus Gobal warming, the effect is more easily expresed and understood as Climate Change caused by energy as heat trapped at the surface of the planet, where weather exists.

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Therese Foy May 04 2014 at 12:46 PM

Get it right please writer of this article. It's Michigan, not Massachusetts!

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LiliSue Therese Foy May 04 2014 at 1:08 PM

It is written Massachusetts, but when she read, she said Michigan. Am I the one who heard wrong???
At least there was some unannounced editing.

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bobcornerstone May 04 2014 at 12:44 PM

For a moment there i thought someone moved Massachusetts!

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bawnotbb May 04 2014 at 12:42 PM

Michigan...Massachusetts?
I guess they both start with M.

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David May 04 2014 at 12:42 PM

The girl in the video doesn't have the most soothing voice. And Mass. is not on Lake Michigan. AOL standards......when they got in bed with Huffpo.

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jeanne David May 04 2014 at 1:01 PM

Right. These young women in the Newsy videos are always yelling. I try to avoid them.

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phpoling May 04 2014 at 12:41 PM

Whoa!! Hope they have a reallly good insurances for their homes that are hit by Ice Tsunasmi

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