The windstorm created an “ice tsunami” Sunday across parts of New York along Lake Erie, pushing large chunks of ice along lakeshore areas.
“Strong winds blowing ice over the retaining wall from the lake,” the agency said. “Drive with caution.”
Others shared photos of the ice tsunami, calling it an “incredible sight.”
“This ice tsunami is one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed,” David Piano wrote. “Starting to bulldoze trees and street lamps.”
The National Weather Service in Buffalo warned that winds along neighboring Lake Ontario could reach 75 mph, causing “extensive damage to trees and power lines, widespread power outages, and property damage to roofs and siding.”
“This is a particularly dangerous situation! If you must travel be prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines,” the agency said.
The ice tsunami along the Hoover Beach area of Hamburg, New York spurred a voluntary evacuation for residents there.
Ice mounds between 25 and 30 feet high could be seen in photos approaching people’s homes.
“We’ve had storms in the past but nothing like this,” Hoover Beach resident Dave Schultz told WGRZ. “We’ve never had the ice pushed up against the walls and right up onto our patios… it’s in my patio, the neighbor’s patio, and the patio after that.”
The weather system generating the strong winds toppled trees and fallen branches took out power lines across the region Sunday and into Monday as winds gusted to 60 mph or higher.
A wind speed of 74 mph — hurricane strength — was reported in Tucker County, West Virginia, on Sunday night. A speed of 61 mph was recorded at the Pittsburgh airport.
Wind advisories and warnings are in effect through Monday in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast due to the “very slow moving” system, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.
“We also have the potential for some snow across the Great Lakes, and with those wind gusts blizzard conditions are going to be of big concern,” Dean said Monday on “FOX & friends.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.