Ontario's Halloween storm was much more powerful than we expected. So much so, that the strong winds managed to move the massive iron ship that has been stuck in the same spot for over a century. The Niagara Falls shipwreck looks like it has moved closer to the edge of the falls. 

The Iron Scow has been lodged in the exact same spot since 1918, when it broke loose from a towing tug, and ended up stuck on the Canadian side of the falls, according to Niagara Parks. It has since been a key tourist attraction and a historical remnant that has not budged. 

This Halloween, however, the severe storm caused it to move about 50 metres closer to the edge of the falls, according to The Weather Network. The ship has been around 700 metres from the edge since the accident that got it stuck there. 

Jim Hill, the Senior Manager of Heritage for Niagara Parks, told CTV News that the ship "flipped on its side and spun around" when the 94 km/h winds hit the area. 

The flow of the river can reach up to 65 km/h, according to The Weather Network. It must have sped up after those unusually fast winds that night. 

David Adames, CEO of Niagara Parks, told CBC that they are not anticipating that the shipwreck will move much more. That could change though, especially considering it has been significantly broken down by rust over the past century.

"It looks secure at the moment; however, if there's severe weather that comes along, it may shift it some more."

The staff are monitoring the scow via security cameras for any sign that it might budge. So far, so good, though.

Precautions are being taken to keep tourists who visit the falls safe. If there is any sign that the ship may be plunging down the falls, Niagara Parks staff will be responding immediately to keep people away. 

Adames told CBC that the ship's decay could have contributed to why it was moved for the first time in over a century.

"It could have been the way the wind came down the river," he said. "If it came down at a high enough gust, at that point in time, it might have hit the side of the rusted structure and it was enough to move it." 

This was definitely a historic storm. No one would have ever guessed that it was powerful enough to move this hunk of iron. 

Some parts of Canada even decided to delay Halloween because of the severity of the winds and rain. Not Toronto, though. We salute all those who braved that messy storm to go out that night. 


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