September 04, 2010

Hear Earl Roar!

Earl struck the province in Lunenburg County as a Category 1 Hurricane and started roaring through here late this morning. It was downgraded shortly thereafter to a strong tropical storm. It made a last minute shift to the east as it approached the province so, once again, Halifax was one of the harder hit areas with wind gusts up to 109 km/hr. Ah, well, at least we have experience with this sort of event! We lost power around noon and are very fortunate to have it back on again after only five hours. At this time, Nova Scotia Power has 210,000 customers without power and predict that in some cases, it will not be restored until sometime tomorrow or Monday. We only lost one tree at the top of our driveway while the city of Halifax is littered with fallen trees and there are power lines laying across a number of streets. One man has drowned, trying to secure a boat that was torn from its mooring. The general consensus, though, with memories of Juan still fresh in our minds, is that it could have been a lot worse.
Tomorrow, the cleanup!

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