One of the strongest storms ever to hit Canada slammed into Nova Scotia’s coastline early Saturday, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Former Hurricane Fiona made landfall early on Saturday morning over Guysborough county on the northeast corner of mainland Nova Scotia, Canada’s weather service said. There were maximum sustained winds of almost 81 mph, while peak gusts of over 100 mph were detected, it added.
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It is the lowest pressured land falling storm on record in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Center, which also described hurricane-force gusts battering the area. More than 40% of the population in Nova Scotia is affected by power outages, according to utility company Nova Scotia power.
Previously a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center declared that Fiona morphed into a post-tropical cyclone as it bolted north, exhibiting characteristics of storms with both tropical and high-latitude pedigree.
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Irrespective of its technical designation, forecasters cautioned that the storm would be a blockbuster.
“This storm will be a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec,” the Canadian Hurricane Center wrote Friday. The federal agency previously said the storm had the potential to become “historic” and “a landmark weather event.”
The storm was forecast to be so serious that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau postponed a visit to Japan, where he planned to attend Shinzo Abe’s funeral, at the last minute on Friday.
Hurricane warnings cover most of Nova Scotia as well as Prince Edward Island and western Newfoundland, where meteorologists predict 3 to 6 inches of rain, with up to 10 inches in some areas, and hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph. Tropical storm warnings extend from New Brunswick to eastern Quebec to northern Newfoundland, where rainfall could reach 5 inches and winds at least 39 mph.
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The center also predicted a considerable ocean surge, or storm-driven rise in water above normally dry land, causing coastal flooding. It predicted a “rough and pounding surf” with waves up to 26 to 40 feet (8 to 12 meters).
Ahead of the storm’s arrival, Nova Scotia, home to about 1 million people, was preparing Friday for the worst.
Nova Scotia Power warned of widespread power outages, with trees still in full bloom and soils relatively soft, and activated its emergency operations center.
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And the blackouts could be lasting, as crews will wait for winds to calm before they safely begin repairs, said Dave Pickles, the utility’s chief operating officer.
Fiona, which brought devastating flooding to Puerto Rico and cut power to the entire island, is the latest marker of an Atlantic hurricane season that started slow but has suddenly turned active.
The storm is one of five systems meteorologists are watching in the Atlantic basin, including one that organized into Tropical Storm Ian Friday night and could soon become a threat to Florida as a hurricane. [WP]
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Crazy times. Today is the Feast of Trumpets on the Jewish calendar. Sep 24th til the 27th. Same days as Russia referendums. Gary Allison mentioned the current troop movements in China; it’s 84km long! Unknown to most, Monday, NASA is “ramming an asteroid” (DART spacecraft). Back-to-back hurricanes and earthquakes. Who knows what’s gonna happen this week!
Also, thousands of troops deployed in downtown London last night. I have seen no further mention of it today.
If you read the comments on the actual video on YT many people say it’s old footage from the queen’s funeral…or that it might not be in London at all. Since noone else has any footage, I’ve chalked it up as unsubstantiated. That doesn’t detract from the fact that a lot is going on. The UK did move all their military aircraft to civilian airports a few weeks back.
Been in 70mph gusts before, but this looks worse. The video shows that big tree uprooted. That was a really big tree too. Soil is moist, so that happens. Looks like one of those trailer homes got destroyed or blown off its foundation too.
Interesting. Without power, some possibly for days. Wondering: how are they going to power their electric vehicles?
Petrol/Diesel/Gas generators….. I have a petrol one which is rated to 3.5kW and runs 24 hours of a 3L tank (roughly), works wonders.