Hurricane Kyle is the 11th tropical hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.
Kyle began as a tropical wave forming around mid September and slowly traveling to Lesser Antilles before drifting westward over the Dominican Republic and then Haiti where it produced flash flooding in area already devastated by storms. It produced in excess of 760mm of rain over Puerto Rico. Damage to agriculture on the islands is estimated to be around US$14 million.
On September 25, what had been a poorly organized weather system finally began to take shape and was named Tropical Storm Kyle. Kyle headed northward along the east coast of the US. Just off the coast of Virginia, Kyle reached hurricane status with sustained winds of 120kph on September 27 around 5pm EDT.
Kyle intensified slightly on September 28 to 130kph as it continued to trek northward towards the cooler waters of the Labrador Current. It began to lose intensity as it approached the Matitimes transitioning into an extra-tropical storm.
Kyle was a category 1 hurricane with max sustained winds of 120kph when it made landfall Sunday September 29 at 9:30pm ADT just north of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Kyle then moved across Digby County to exit into the Bay of Fundy around Morden, NS around midnight ADT rapidly losing strength and becoming post-tropical. Kyle then passed over Cape Chignecto, NS around 12:30am ADT then exiting into the Northumberland Strait and passed over PEI around 8:30am ADT.
In terms of impact, Hurricane Kyle was not as destructive as expected but nonetheless packed a punch. A ship reported a wind gust of 154kpa near Shelburne, NS and a boat was reported to have been swamped nearby. In Nova Scotia, approximately 50,000 customers were without power during the height of storm. See below for wind speeds and rain amounts currently available:
Prince Edward Island Wind Speeds
Nova Scotia Wind Speeds
|Halifax Stanfield Int Airport||91km/h|
|Les Suetes Grand Etang||106km/h|
Nova Scotia Rainfall Amounts
|Halifax Stanfield Int Airport||35mm|
New Brunswick Rainfall Amounts