Sunday, September 15, 2019

A New Daily Minimum Temperature Record set in Nova Scotia - 09/14/2019

Weather summary
for Nova Scotia
issued by Environment Canada
at 3:52 a.m. ADT Sunday 15 September 2019.


The following area set a daily minimum temperature record on
September 14, 2019:

Ingonish Area (Ingonish Beach RCS)
New record of 1.7
Old record of 2.2 set in 1965
Records in this area have been kept since 1950

Note: the temperature record reported here has been derived from a
selection of historical stations in this geographic area that were
active during the period of record.

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


'We're no further ahead': Tatamagouche Nova Scotia man angry with NSP after repeated outages

Resident wants trees surrounding power lines trimmed, maintained by utility

Brooklyn Currie · CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2019 11:46 AM AT | Last Updated: September 14

Guy Rochon is not happy with Nova Scotia Power. His power went off and on for much of the week and he's had to empty his fridge twice in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

But Rochon, who owns a small farm in Tatamagouche, N.S., said the power going out on his road is a fairly regular occurrence.

"Since I've moved here it's been incessant power outages," he said. "And I think this year we're approaching the 10th power outage."

Rochon said he has continually contacted Nova Scotia Power in the four years he's lived in the area. He reports the outages and asks for the utility to trim the trees that are extremely close to power lines before they can lead to problems.

His power lines run through a heavily wooded area.

"Four years later, we're no further ahead," he said. "They will only come to remove what's fallen on the lines."

There is the cost of throwing out spoiled food after power outages. But one of Rochon's biggest concerns is the well-being of his farm animals when the power goes out in the winter, he said.

"Last year we had a significant storm, a really bad cold winter, and I had to go four or five days without power," Rochon said. "We're being told to be prepared for 72 hours. We're starting to exceed that now and I'm wondering when does this all stop?"

Rochon said he plans to organize some people from the area to start putting pressure on Nova Scotia Power, even though some of his neighbours have told him to give up,

"I don't want to stop," he said. "I want to continue fighting the utility until some plan gets put into place to address this situation because power outages like this should not be happening."

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power said the utility is aware of the concern in that area and plans to work there next year.

"It was work we prioritized as a 2020 item because there were other areas that we identified needed attention before this one," the spokesperson said.

Rochon said he was shocked to hear it won't be done until next year because it means going through one more winter of power failures.

Parks starting to reopen in Nova Scotia after Dorian

Public Gardens, Graves Island, Whycocomagh among locations available to the public

Anjuli Patil · CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2019 2:40 PM AT | Last Updated: September 14

Municipal and provincial parks in Nova Scotia are beginning to reopen one week after Hurricane Dorian blew through the region.

The Halifax municipality announced on Friday the Public Gardens, Shubie Park and Point Pleasant Park have reopened.

Users of Point Pleasant Park must keep pets on leash when approaching working staff and stay on the paths, the municipality's parks and recreation department stated in a tweet on Friday evening.

Dan Bignell walked his dog through the park "a couple of times since the storm." He said with the exception of a few areas in the park, much of it weathered the storm fairly well.

"There's no problem from what I can see," Bignell said.

Emily MacKay noted some of damage while out on her run.

"There's some torn up sections, there's a lot of seaweed, quite a few rocks you want to be careful on, fallen trees, but if you're thinking and you're smart you can easily look after yourself," she said.

There are more than 900 parks throughout the municipality and crews are still in the process of assessing the damage and removing downed trees and debris, municipal spokeswoman Erin DiCarlo said in an email.

All sports fields, artificial turf fields and ball diamonds throughout the Halifax area have also reopened.

Minister of Lands and Forestry Iain Rankin told CBC News on Saturday that crews working in the parks have been seeing downed trees and power lines, but no major infrastructure challenges.

He said some contractors with heavy machinery were called in to "address some issues."

"There are areas that we've identified as possible safety areas and those areas have been roped off," Rankin said.

The following provincial parks have reopened:

Cape Chignecto.
Caribou-Munroes Island, loop A only.
Dollar Lake.
Graves Island.
Mira River.
Porters Lake.

The following provincial parks have more extensive damage and will be closed until at least Sept. 17:

Amherst Shore.
Caribou-Munroes Island, loop B and C.
Five Islands.
Smileys, closed for the season.
The Islands.
Thomas Raddall.
Rissers Beach.
The following parks are closed to the public:

Heather Beach, closed indefinitely.
McNabs Island, closed indefinitely.
Cape Split.

Prince Edward Island offering first-ever disaster assistance program following Dorian

'This is an unprecedented situation that has touched all of us in one way or another,' says premier

Tony Davis · CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2019 3:29 PM AT | Last Updated: September 14

The P.E.I. government is offering emergency funding to deal with the aftermath of post-tropical storm Dorian.

P.E.I. residents will be able to access emergency funding from government in the coming days to aid in recovery costs, a news release from the provincial Emergency Measures Organization says.

The province's first-ever disaster assistance program will be rolled out at the beginning of the week to help Islanders, small businesses and non-profit organizations with costs to repair or replace uninsurable

Basic property loss.

Provincewide impacts like what has been experienced following Dorian have never been felt on P.E.I. before, Premier Dennis King said in the release.

"This is an unprecedented situation that has touched all of us in one way or another. We are in this together and we are here to help Islanders," he said.

Cabinet met Friday afternoon to begin activating the program. That step also triggers access to disaster relief funding from the federal government.

Cabinet also approved a one-time emergency fund program for about 6,000 Islanders currently receiving income assistance to support their basic needs.

Under the program, individual income assistance clients will receive $110, a couple will receive $140 and an additional $30 will be provided to clients for each of their dependents.

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Details about how and where Islanders can apply for financial assistance will be shared early next week, the release said.

Too late?

There is some criticism of the government's response.

Liberal MLA Hal Perry said if cabinet met Friday to discuss a disaster assistance program that was six days after the storm.

"Here it is a week after and now we are getting something, but we are not getting enough. You know what? It is a little bit too late," Perry said.

He said he appreciates government offering some aid now, but he would like to know more details.

Perry said the prime minister offered to help the province already and King did not "pick up on that."

"He didn't reach out for that help until Friday of this week, and again we need to have a plan for Islanders in place so that  if this ever happened again Islanders don't have to go a week without any


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Perry said government should have been better prepared for the storm.

"Now we've gone seven days after and many individuals still don't have power. Many individuals have lost not only property but income because of this," he said.

King stands by efforts

King is standing by the government's efforts.

"While the assessment is ongoing, the supports we are rolling out this week are going to help thousands of Islanders across the province who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian," he said in an email.

He said the assistance program will help access federal funding.

"We know that this is a difficult time for so many Islanders and our focus is on helping them," he said. "This is a first step."

Power restored to most people on Prince Edward Island

'The plan is to get everyone back on by tonight'

Sam Juric · CBC News · Posted: Sep 15, 2019 1:17 PM AT | Last Updated: an hour ago

Fewer than 500 Islanders remain without power on P.E.I. eight days after post-tropical storm Dorian.

As of 5:03 p.m., on Sunday, all but 176 customers had their power restored, according to the Maritime Electric website.

The utility hoped to have the rest of its customers reconnected by the end of the day.

About 80 crews were out across the Island beginning at 7 a.m., said Kim Griffin, the utility's spokesperson.

"The plan is to get everyone back on by tonight," Griffin said.

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Maritime Electric is asking customers who remain without power to reach out if they haven't already.

"Give us a call if your power is still out and you have not reported it to us. Please call us at our 1-800 number. We want to verify that you're in our system," Griffin said. 

With most power restored, several businesses and services that were closed all week as a result of the storm are opening their doors again.

The courthouse in Summerside will reopen Monday after being closed all week due to problems with the electricity as well as the phones, computers and internet.

In addition, Health PEI has advised that power has been restored to Community Mental Health and Addictions services in Alberton.

Scam warning

Despite most customers having their power back, Griffin is still warning people to be wary of a phone and text scam that is circulating.

Customers are being contacted by someone claiming to represent Maritime Electric and threaten disconnection if they don't deliver immediate payment, she said.

"We don't communicate with our customers about billing via text," Griffin said.

Customers who receive similar text or phone messages, she said, are being asked to notify Maritime Electric and RCMP immediately.

Cleaning up Shediac New Brunswick a week after Dorian

Members of the yacht club approve spending $75,000 on studies before rebuilding

Gary Moore · CBC News · Posted: Sep 15, 2019 2:16 PM AT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

About 60 boats were tossed around and tangled up by winds and waves on Saturday at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club in Shediac, N.B.

Like many parts of New Brunswick, Shediac is on the mend from Dorian's visit.

The wind wreaked havoc at the marina, leaving a tangle of boats piled into each other, after a couple of docks let go during the storm.

It's a different scene at the club a week later. All but one boat is out of the water and club members met on Saturday to discuss what to do next.

Gerry O'Brien, the manager at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club, said about 120 members of the club attended the meeting.

They discussed what engineering would need to be done before the club could move to the next step.

O'Brien said the board of directors gave presentations about what happened before and after the storm.

The members of the club voted to spend up to $75,000 for engineering studies so they can start to rebuild.

"The objective is to get something ready for next spring," O'Brien said, adding that the docks were only built in 2011 following a storm surge in December 2010.

O'Brien said the goal is open the marina on time for the start of the 2020 season in May.

It wasn't only boats that took a pounding during Dorian. Large trees toppled over in neighbourhoods not too far from the marina.

Danielle Bourque said she's fortunate that two downed trees in her front yard didn't cause significant damage to her house or her neighbour's house.

"If the tree was a little bit taller, we would've got it," Bourque said.

One of the trees landed on her next door neighbour's electrical pole and blocked the driveway. 

Bourque said it took a few days to get the trees cleaned up.

She's waiting for information about what needs to be done with a giant tree root that ripped up from the ground.

"It's going to be costly if we have to take it out of the ground. It would need a crane or something to come and pick that up."

Friday, September 13, 2019

Frost possible overnight in Eastern Nova Scotia

3:21 PM ADT Friday 13 September 2019
Frost advisory in effect for:

Halifax County - east of Porters Lake
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

A cool air mass will combine with clear skies and light winds to make conditions favourable for frost tonight.

Take preventative measures to protect frost-sensitive plants and trees.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #NSStorm.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How Dorian hit Prince Edward Island harder than Hurricane Juan

And, why we had better warning of Dorian

Kevin Yarr · CBC News · Posted: Sep 11, 2019 5:00 PM AT | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

Technically, Dorian was done as a hurricane when it landed on P.E.I., but as a post-tropical storm it was still more damaging than 2003's Hurricane Juan.

"Under the right conditions, post-tropical storms can produce hurricane-strength winds," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"Dorian serves as a good example that the difference between a hurricane and a post-tropical storm is more about the storm's structure and not its intensity."

Hurricanes are defined partly by wind speeds, but mainly by their structure. They pull energy from warm ocean water, and from space, a distinctive saw-blade shape can be seen. They lose that structure when they become post-tropical storms, and become fuelled more by temperature and pressure difference as warm and cold air masses come together, much like a nor'easter.

But in Dorian's case, while the structure was gone, the storm picked up energy from another system moving in from the west. Winds grew to hurricane strength, and the storm was spread out over a larger area than Hurricane Juan.

Hurricane Juan was a fast-moving storm that covered a smaller area.

Dorian's impact was felt all over the Island.

"The result was much higher rainfall and more widespread destructive winds across the Island with Dorian compared to Juan," said Scotland.

Hurricane Juan was mainly an issue in Queens County, and Charlottetown was particularly hard-hit. The maximum wind gust in the capital was 139 km/h.

But none of the other main stations on the Island saw wind gusts over 100 km/h. By comparison, almost all areas of the Island saw triple-digit winds, and there was much more rain with Dorian.

The difference in the two storms was particularly evident in Summerside. Juan brought a peak gust of just 83 km/h and 22.1 millimetres of rain, while Dorian dumped about 90 millimetres of rain and produced a peak gust of 115 km/h.

Lessons from Hurricane Juan

Another key difference between Juan and Dorian is changes in technology and in practices at Environment Canada in the intervening 16 years.

Last Friday evening, most Islanders knew there was a hurricane warning for Nova Scotia and a tropical storm warning for Prince Edward Island. That was not the case the night before Hurricane Juan struck, because there was no such thing in Canada.

When Dorian was a hurricane off the coast of Florida, it showed a very distinctive shape. (National Weather Service/Handout via Reuters)
That changed as a direct result of Juan, said Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

"We didn't have the capability to issue, for instance, a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning," said Robichaud.

"That's one of the things that we had learned from Juan, was people said, 'Yeah, you told us there was going to be a storm you just really didn't emphasize it enough.' So we didn't have that capability to do that because we never figured that we would need to."

New technologies

In 2003, people went to bed on Sept. 28 with a wind warning in effect, something that is not uncommon at the end of September and into October on P.E.I.

Robichaud said those warnings would have mentioned wind speeds of up to 120 km/h, but that information was coming at people differently in 2003. They might have fired up the desktop and loaded a web page to see the full warning, but it is more likely they heard it on the radio. Maybe they didn't pay attention to the whole warning, or maybe the broadcaster didn't read the whole thing at the time the person happened to be listening.

"Now we have an app where that gets highlighted. As soon as you get on there it gets highlighted," said Robichaud.

Dorian tore up trees from one end of P.E.I. to the other. (Paula Sinnott/Facebook)
So if you missed the details on the radio, you can get them on your phone.

Another change, that was in the process of being implemented in 2003, is Environment Canada now has meteorologists that work directly with Emergency Measures Organizations in the provinces to help prepare for storms.

Forecasting, said Robichaud, has also improved.

"If we look at some of the track errors, say at 24 hours out, the average track error back in 2003 was 133 kilometres," he said.

"The track errors for a 24-hour position now are 76 kilometres. So that cone [of uncertainty] is about 30 per cent smaller than it was back in 2003, meaning that we're much better at predicting the track of these storms."

With meteorologists working directly with EMO, better forecasting, and improved methods for getting the message out, it is much easier now to make sure everybody is ready when a hurricane comes.

That changed as a direct result of Juan, said Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

"We didn't have the capability to issue, for instance, a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning," said Robichaud.

"That's one of the things that we had learned from Juan, was people said, 'Yeah, you told us there was going to be a storm you just really didn't emphasize it enough.' So we didn't have that capability to do that because we never figured that we would need to."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dorian kicks up behemoth 100-foot wave off Port aux Basques in Newfoundland

Dorian kicks up more than one monster wave near Port aux Basques

Several waves exceeded 25 metres

CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019 12:53 PM NT | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

As post-tropical storm Dorian moves its way north of Newfoundland and Labrador data is rolling in on how powerful the storm really was.

According to the Washington Post, which tracked the storm north of the United States, a Marine Institute-owned buoy picked up a massive rogue wave that topped 100 feet, just over 30 metres, roughly 2.4 kilometres off of the coast of Port aux Basques. That's about the equivalent of an eight-storey building.

"It measures the acceleration and deceleration of the buoy as it travels up and down on the waves, and from that does a calibration of what the wave height might be," said Bill Carter, director with the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, the team responsible for the equipment which picked up the 30-metre monster.

But more than that, Carter said there were many big recordings on Sunday, several of which broke 25 metres and many more which broke 20 metres in height. 

The three-metre buoys are equipped with accelerometers which calculate the time of the rise and fall of the buoy through a wave to determine the height,.

Through significant wave height, it measures the highest third of the wave.

It also measures wind speed, barometric pressure, dew points and wave direction.

Even bigger?

The buoys collect data in 20 minute blocks, every 30 minutes.

Carter said the 30-metre data was collected in only one of those blocks, while other blocks recorded data at 25 metres and higher, with many more coming in at 20 metres. He added there may have been bigger recordings while the buoy wasn't recording data.

However, Carter is quick to admit that he's only the man behind the equipment.

"I can't speak to the accuracy of this, nor can I speak that this is even possible in the area. I am not an oceanographer. I'm a technical guy who keeps this kind of stuff going," he said.

"But I can say that our equipment was installed correctly, all of our instrumentation was calibrated and our buoy ran for that full period, and continues to run, and is functioning now quite accurately."

Building up

"It appears that this was measured with storm Dorian as it was moving up toward the island of Newfoundland just a little ways offshore from Port aux Basques," David Neil, a meteorologist with the Gander weather office told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show.

Neil said big waves are to be expected in hurricanes and tropical storms, but only predicted them to reach between 10 and 15 metres as Dorian made its way over Newfoundland and Labrador.

While a wave of 30 metre magnitude isn't common, Neil said it's always plausible.

The meteorologist said it generally takes a combination of naturally occurring events during a storm to have waves reach 75 to 100 feet.

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"With the wave heights that were coming in that were quite high, if you get a few of those waves together they can build up constructively," Neil said.

"Of course as it interacts with some of the more shallow coastal waters you can get some buildup of height there. It does take a good setup, but it isn't out of the question."

Southwestern Newfoundland was the area likely to see the highest waves and water levels during Sunday's storm, according to Neil. As of Tuesday, he said, there had been no reports of major problems.

Days without power: Over 100,000 outages persist in Maritimes after Dorian

Justin Trudeau, federal ministers visit Halifax to survey damage

Mairin Prentiss · CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019 8:27 AM AT | Last Updated: an hour ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are in Halifax on Tuesday, three days after power storm Dorian blasted through the Maritimes where tens of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power.

The politicians are observing recovery efforts by military personnel, government officials and the corporation that provides power to Nova Scotians, and they'll also survey the cleanup and meet residents.

Dorian approached the region as a Category 2 hurricane and made landfall near Halifax on Saturday evening as a post-tropical storm with hurricane-strength winds.

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As of 7 a.m. AT, fallen trees and power lines remained on roads, leaving more than 105,000 Nova Scotia Power customers in the dark.

Also at that time, in Prince Edward Island, 18,000 customers were without power, and in New Brunswick, the number was 2,600.

"We're pleased with the progress," Nova Scotia Power president Karen Hutt told CBC's Information Morning on Tuesday.

"For the most part, the big, big lines, and so on, have been restored."

Some estimated outage restoration times were pushed back on Monday, said Hutt.

The company plans to cut the outages in half by the end of the day Tuesday, she said. 

Everyone will have power by the end of the week, Hutt said at a news conference Tuesday.

The utility is calling individual customers to update them on the status of the repairs, she said.

Amid widespread cellphone outages, Goodale said access to reliable telecommunications is critical and something the federal Liberal government plans to address.

People concerned by cell outages should alert the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, he said.

Sajjan said, "The impact of climate change is having a drastic impact on our country from floods, to fires, to hurricane response. This is something that we need to be very mindful of as a nation and adjusting our response and more importantly, having the preventive measures in place."

On Tuesday, 380 troops, stationed in Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Amherst, Port Hawksbury, Sydney and Halifax, continued to assist power crews in clearing trees and removing debris, and 70 reservists will also begin assisting them.

The bulk of the military's efforts Tuesday will be focused on Bridgewater, said Capt. Guillaume Lafrance, chief of staff for Joint Task Force Atlantic.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil praised the restoration efforts of the privately-owned power utility.

All public schools remained closed in Nova Scotia for a second day.


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Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe saw the brunt of power outages this weekend

CBC News · Posted: Sep 09, 2019 8:45 AM AT | Last Updated: September 9

People still without power after Dorian blew through on the weekend should see it restored by Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, according to NB Power's website.

About 80,000 customers in New Brunswick were left in the dark Saturday when the remnants of Hurricane Dorian brought high winds and heavy rain to the Maritimes. 

On Monday morning, roughly 15,000 customers remained without power, but that number had dropped to 2,990 as of 9:30 p.m.

"There could still be some customers today that could go into tomorrow without electricity, but we're really expecting to do the lion's share of the 15,000 today by late afternoon [or] late evening," said NB Power spokesperson Marc Belliveau.

Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe received the brunt of power outages, with 23,000 left in the dark at one point.

Broken trees are to blame for most of the outages. Belliveau said some of the trees are falling over because their roots are over-saturated from the rain.

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Some customers could be without power until Monday, says NB Power

"They have no power to hold onto the ground anymore and they're tumbling over."

NB Power has 71 crews and 71 contractors working to restore power in the southeast part of the province.

Customers who see a downed power line are asked to call 1-800-663-6272.

After power is restored in New Brunswick, Belliveau said, the company plans to help with power restoration in Nova Scotia. As of 9:30 p.m. Monday, there were still 112,190 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

Some Bell Aliant customers in New Brunswick experienced phone, internet and TV outages following the storm.

"A limited number of our sites in southeastern New Brunswick were impacted by power outages," spokesperson Katie Hatfield confirmed in an email.

"We're working closely with NB Power to get full power restored to the few remaining sites as soon as possible," she said.

Customers may need to turn their internet modems or TV receivers off and on again to reboot their services once power is restored, she added.

No one injured

Geoffrey Downey, spokesperson for the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said there were no injuries in the province related to the storm.

EMO spent the weekend monitoring the storm and will be assessing its damage today.

"It looks like it probably could have been a lot worse, as we've seen in Nova Scotia," Downey said.

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Trevor Goodwin of the YMCA of Greater Moncton's ReConnect Street Intervention Program said four people who stayed outside in the tent city on Albert Street "fared very well," although one tent's interior was soaked from the rain.

Moncton's Harvest House provided shelter to 80 people, nearly double the regular occupancy.

Cleanup continues

While cleanup efforts continued across the province, the City of Saint John reminded people they shouldn't salvage fallen city trees or walk under or climb on downed trees and power lines. Saint John Energy said people should stay 10 metres from fallen lines.

Jeff Hussey, Saint John's  deputy commissioner of transportation and environment services, said city crews worked nearly 14 hours Sunday fixing downed trees and power lines.

"We had a lot of trees coming down city-wide," Hussey said after the damage.

"These trees were impacting our roadways, our pedestrian ways, pulling up sidewalks and things like that and also taking down power lines with them."

He said several roads in the Glen Falls area still need to be cleared and Fundy Drive remains closed because of a fallen tree. The city said it would reopen Monday afternoon.

Once all trees blocking roadways are removed, Hussey said, EMO will assess split and damaged trees.

"If those trees are compromised beyond rehabilitation, then they'll have to come down for safety reasons."

Several of the oldest trees in the city, some of them more than 130 years old, were uprooted by Saturday's high winds, said city arborist Chris Gaudet.

It's a big loss, he said.

"One big elm came down and the elms are becoming few and far between now with the Dutch elm disease. So it's sad to lose one of them," said Gaudet. "It's devastating to lose any tree that size. They've withstood a lot of things and to see them blow over like that is heartbreaking, really."

Seven of the fallen trees were in the city's iconic King's Square.

"I'm devastated, just devastated," said resident Beverley James, who heard about the damage on the news and decided to take a look herself. It was much worse than what she anticipated, she said.

"I just got really emotional because I played in this park when I was a little girl … It's just going to be so different now. I mean, we've lost a bit of history."

Bill Quartermain, who walks through the square almost every day, couldn't believe the extent of the destruction. He called it a "travesty."

Donna Thompson, who was out storm-watching Saturday night, said she saw one of the first trees fall. It created "a big crash," she said.

Thompson went back to the park on Monday and said she'll never doubt the power of Mother Nature.

"This was just supposed to be the tail end of [Dorian]. You can imagine if we were in the centre of the eye of the storm, it really definitely would have did a lot more damage."

In Pointe-du-Chêne, homeowners and businesses were dealing with power outages, uprooted trees and flooding.

Tara Gartke, who lives just steps from the ocean, said she was terrified as she watched the water rise.

"It was hell. It was scary," she said.

"My neighbours came to get me out. The water was up to our hips here. We couldn't get out of here."

Storm surge is a big concern for those who live close to the water. That's why Gartke built shelves suspended from the ceiling in her basement.

She was relieved when she went downstairs on Monday to assess the damage. '

"I think this is OK. You don't know how happy that makes me."

It's the kind of storm that nobody's seen before.
- Gerry O'Brien, Shediac Bay Yacht Club manager
Dave Redfern, whose boat Primrose was moored at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club, wasn't as fortunate.

"It's lying at a 45-degree angle, so it's not floating," he said.

"I was prepared for maybe some movement here or something. I wasn't prepared for what I call a disaster."

His was one of dozens of boats damaged as the wharf let go.

"It's the kind of storm that nobody's seen before," said club manager Gerry O'Brien.

Although the biggest vessels were moved out ahead of the storm, there were still about 60 boats tangled together.

He expects the cleanup will take three or four days.

'We have a wind crane that's been brought in," O'Brien said. "We have a second crane coming in tomorrow. We have an extra four guys that'll be coming tomorrow.

"Today we've got two crews. So far we have about 10, 12 boats that we've kind of dislodged that didn't have too much damage."

Day off for students

Power outages forced several schools in the Anglophone East School District to stay closed on Monday.

Caledonia Regional High School, Edith Cavell School, Hillsborough Elementary School, Port Elgin Regional School, Riverside Consolidated School, Riverview High School, Shediac Cape School were closed.   St. Martins School in the Anglophone South School District was also closed because of a power outage.

Dorian takes out 80% of trees in Cavendish area of P.E.I. National Park, Parks Canada says

Storm caused about 2 metres of coastal erosion as well, early surveys suggest

CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019 2:00 PM AT | Last Updated: an hour ago

About 80 per cent of the trees in the Cavendish area of P.E.I. National Park were lost after suffering damage from post-tropical storm Dorian, Parks Canada says.

It also estimates about two metres of coastal erosion in the park after the storm.

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Cavendish Campground closes for season after 'significant change to the landscape'
Parks Canada has yet to fully assess the damage caused by the storm, said spokesperson Annette Campbell.

"Upon first assessment, it was determined that there is extensive damage to the coastal forest in the Cavendish part of the park, with approximately an 80 per cent loss of trees," she said in a statement.

The area most affected is the west side of the park in Cavendish.

Damage to infrastructure is also being evaluated at this time.

From free shampoos to free food, Dorian brings out best in some Islanders

Parks Canada officials hope to have a more detailed report on Friday.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Regional Event Summary

Storm Summary Number 15 for Heavy Rain and Wind Gusts Associated
with Dorian
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
1100 PM EDT Sat Sep 07 2019

...Rain concluding over eastern Maine as Dorian tracks northeast
through the Canadian Maritimes...

All watches and warnings in the U.S. associated with Dorian have
been discontinued.

For a detailed graphical depiction of the latest watches, warnings
and advisories, please see

At 1000 PM EDT...National Weather Service radar and surface
observations show periods of rain are ending in eastern Maine.
Below are preliminary rainfall and wind observations associated
with Dorian. For more information regarding the location and
forecast track of Dorian, please refer to

...Selected preliminary Storm Total Rainfall in inches from 700 AM
EDT Sun Sep 01 through 1000 PM EDT Sat Sep 07...

EASTPORT NEPP SITE             3.37                 
CHARLOTTE 8 NE                    2.57                 
JONESBORO 1 SW                    2.50                 
ROQUE BLUFFS                       2.20                 
BAR HARBOR                           1.46                 
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK      1.39                 
TRENTON                                 1.22                 
ELLSWORTH                            1.12                 

...Selected preliminary Peak Wind gusts in miles per hour earlier
in the event.....

ROQUE BLUFFS 24 SSE           49                 
EASTPORT                               46                               

.....For the latest rainfall forecast associated with Dorian, please
refer to

This will be the last Storm Summary issued by the Weather
Prediction Center for this event. Please refer to your local
National Weather service office for additional information.








ST. PAUL: 120





Weather summary
for Nova Scotia
issued by Environment Canada
at 10:35 a.m. ADT Sunday 8 September 2019.


Hurricane Dorian began approaching Nova Scotia on Saturday morning
from the southwest, tracking just south of Southwestern Shore by
Saturday afternoon. Dorian made the transition to an intense
post-tropical system just before making landfall over the Chebucto
Peninsula, just south of Halifax around 7pm Saturday evening. Dorian
then quickly tracked through northern Nova Scotia then just east of
Prince Edward Island and toward the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Dorian brought destructive winds to much of Nova Scotia, flooding
rains, and storm surge to parts of the Atlantic coast. At its peak,
over 402,000 customers were without power. There were many reports
of damage due to uprooted trees and flying debris. Storm surge also
brought extensive flooding to some coastal areas.

The following is a preliminary summary of weather event information
received by Environment Canada as of 11AM ADT.

1. Summary of rainfall in millimetres:

Oxford: 138
Lower Sackville: 138
Hammonds Plain: 133
Baccaro Point: 131.2
Belmont: 129
Kentville: 110.4
Bedford: 96
Scots Bay: 94
New Ross: 93
Halifax(Downtown): 90
Sandy Cove: 84
Greenwood: 82
Middleton: 79
Lake Major: 78
Dartmouth: 77
Parrsboro: 76.2
Nappan: 74
Halifax International Airport: 70.8
Kejimkujik: 64
Yarmouth: 62
Upper Stewiacke: 38.7
North Mountain: 38
Parsborough: 36.6
Truro: 33
Sydney Airport: 31.2
Collegeville: 30.5

2. Summary of winds in kilometres per hour:

Beaver Island: 145
Sluce Point: 143
Osborne Head: 141
Grand Etang: 137
Yarmouth: 130
Halifax Kootenay: 120
Hart Island: 120
Baccaro Point: 119
Caribou Point: 119
North Mountain: 107
Halifax Dockyard: 107
Brier Island: 106
Sydney Airport: 104
Lunenburg: 102
Shearwater Jetty: 102
Eskasoni: 102
Halifax International Airport: 100
McNabs Island: 100
Tracadie: 95
Greenwood: 93
Ingonish Beach: 91
Nappan: 87
Upper Stewiacke: 87
Port Hawkesbury: 85
Parrsboro: 83
Halifax Windsor Park: 82
Debert: 80
Western Head: 80
Cheticamp: 78

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


Weather summary
for Prince Edward Island
issued by Environment Canada
at 10:36 a.m. ADT Sunday 8 September 2019.


Hurricane Dorian began approaching Prince Edward Island on Saturday
morning from the southwest, tracking just south of the southwestern
shore of Nova Scotia by Saturday afternoon. Dorian made the
transition to an intense post-tropical system just before making
landfall over the Chebucto Peninsula, just south of Halifax around
7pm Saturday evening. Dorian then quickly tracked through northern
Nova Scotia then just east of Prince Edward Island then toward the
eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Dorian brought destructive winds, flooding rains, and storm surge to
parts of the Northumberland Strait.

The following is a preliminary summary of weather event information
received by Environment Canada as of 11AM ADT Sunday.

1. Summary of rainfall in millimetres:

Bonshaw: 103
Bordon: 91
Summerside: 90
Spring Valley 86
Charlottetown Airport: 48
Stratford: 37

2. Summary of winds in kilometres per hour:

North Cape: 122
East Point: 120
Summerside: 115
Charlottetown Airport: 102
St. Peters: 98
Stanhope: 93
Maple Plains: 85

Please note that this summary may contain preliminary or unofficial
information and does not constitute a complete or final report.


Frost possible in Northern Maine & NW New Brunswick overnight

National Weather Service Caribou ME
959 PM EDT Mon Sep 9 2019

Northwest Aroostook-Northeast Aroostook-Northern Somerset-
Northern Piscataquis-
Including the cities of Allagash, Clayton Lake, Madawaska,
Fort Kent, Frenchville, Presque Isle, Caribou, Van Buren,
Mars Hill, Baker Lake, Billy-Jack Depot, Baxter St Park,
Chamberlain Lake, Churchill Dam, and Mount Katahdin
959 PM EDT Mon Sep 9 2019


* TEMPERATURES...In the lower to mid 30s.

* TIMING...Late tonight into early Tuesday morning.

* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions may damage sensitive
  vegetation. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the


A Frost Advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.


9:55 PM ADT Monday 09 September 2019
Frost advisory in effect for:

Woodstock and Carleton County
Frost may damage some crops in frost-prone areas.

A cool air mass will combine with clearing skies and light winds to make conditions favourable for frost to develop over northwestern New Brunswick tonight.

Cover up plants, especially those in frost-prone areas.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction to plants and crops.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #NBStorm.

Extratropical Storm Dorian finally weakens and moves away

Extratropical Storm Dorian swirls in the Labrador Sea

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Extratropical Storm Dorian Slowly Moves Away From The Region Update Two

Extratropical Storm Dorian Slowly Moves Away From The Region Update One

Extratropical Storm Dorian (Category One) Slowly Moves Away From The Region

WTNT35 KNHC 081451

Post-Tropical Cyclone Dorian Advisory Number  62
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL052019
1100 AM AST Sun Sep 08 2019


LOCATION...50.0N 59.4W


The Canadian Hurricane Center has discontinued the Hurricane
Warning for Nova Scotia.  The Canadian Hurricane Center has also
discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning and the Hurricane Watch for
the Magdalen Islands and the Tropical Storm Warning for Prince
Edward Island.


A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Western Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Hawke's Bay

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Stone's Cove to Indian Harbour
* Hawke's Bay to Fogo Island
* Mutton Bay to Mary's Harbour

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected within the warning area.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone
Dorian was located near latitude 50.0 North, longitude 59.4 West.
The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the northeast near 25 mph
(41 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during
the next couple of days.  On this track, Dorian will be moving near
or over northwestern Newfoundland or eastern Labrador later today
and then enter the North Atlantic this evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher
gusts.  These winds are occurring mainly over water.  The post-
tropical cyclone is forecast to drop below hurricane strength after
passing Newfoundland later today, and it is forecast to be absorbed
by another large low pressure system in a couple of days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 345
miles (555 km).  Stephenville, Newfoundland, recently reported
sustained winds of 51 mph (81 km/h) and a wind gust of 62 mph
(100 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 963 mb (28.44 inches).

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are occurring in the Hurricane
Warning area in Newfoundland at this time, and hurricane conditions
are expected later today.  Tropical storm conditions are expected in
the Tropical Storm Warning area today.

STORM SURGE: A dangerous storm surge is likely in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence, the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland, and Eastern Nova

RAINFALL:  Dorian is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of
1 to 2 inches across far eastern Quebec into Newfoundland and

SURF:  Large swells are affecting the coast of Atlantic Canada, and
they will continue to affect that area during the next few days.
Swells along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts of the U.S.
will continue for another day or so.  These swells are likely to
cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please
consult products from your local weather office.

Next intermediate advisory at 200 PM AST.
Next complete advisory at 500 PM AST.

Forecaster Beven