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2010: Earl makes landfall near Halifax

Staff writers
September 4, 2012 — It's been two years since Earl made landfall as a tropical storm in Nova Scotia.

The remnants of Hurricane Earl made landfall near the Shelburne-Queens county border on September 4, 2010. Wind gusts of up to 120 km/h were recorded in Halifax.

Although Earl was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm, its impacts were intense across the Maritimes. Toppled trees, power outages and one death were all reported.

Water levels along the south coast of Nova Scotia were also well above normal. Near the coasts, the surge was accompanied by large and destructive waves.

At Halifax Airport, safety concerns prompted flight delays and cancellations. Heavy rain that pooled on roads posed the threat for hydroplaning as well. Several roads across the region were closed as Earl pushed through.

"For Nova Scotia, Earl was comparable to some of the most powerful nor’easters and storms of tropical origin over the last decade," says Chris Scott, director of meteorology at The Weather Network. "The closest comparison in wind speed for the Halifax area is to what happened with post-tropical storm Noel in November of 2007. Noel was a very powerful storm that left more than 100,000 customers without power."

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