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Hurricane Earl - The Aftermath

Lisa Varano, staff writer

September 5, 2010 — The Maritime provinces are cleaning up after Hurricane Earl spun through the East Coast, hitting Nova Scotia the hardest.

Cleanup crews have a big job to do in Nova Scotia
Cleanup crews have a big job to do in Nova Scotia

Hurricane Earl made landfall on the south shore of Nova Scotia Saturday morning, and now days of cleanup are ahead.

Earl was a Category 1 hurricane, with 119 km/h winds, when it made landfall near the Shelburne-Queens county border.

Although Earl was soon downgraded to tropical storm, it remained intense. Earl tracked through the Maritimes and into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it became a post-tropical storm. On Sunday, what was left of Earl was tracking into the Labrador Sea.

Earl packed strong winds and heavy rain. Here is a sample of how the storm was felt across Atlantic Canada:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 120 km/h wind gusts and 52 mm of rain
  • Peak wave height recorded at a buoy over West Scotian Slope: 25.1 metres
  • Rainfall at Edmunston, N.B.: 76.5 mm
  • Peak wind gust at East Point, P.E.I.: 98 km/h
  • Peak wind gust in Wreckhouse, Newfoundland: 129 km/h

Earl sent dangerous waves crashing at Peggy's Cove
Earl sent dangerous waves crashing at Peggy's Cove

The stormy weather moved out of Atlantic Canada and was replaced by fair and breezy conditions on Sunday.

Repair crews were out restoring power in Nova Scotia and clearing debris from roads.

Swimming in Halifax harbour, lakes and other bodies of water is not recommended for the next three days because power outages caused sewer overflows.

But people looking to spend Labour Day Monday outdoors in the Halifax area have the option of going to parks that have reopened, including Point Pleasant Park and the Public Gardens.

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