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Parts of Nova Scotia still in the dark


Click on the above photo to see a slideshow of Hurricane Earl footage and pictures.
Click on the above photo to see a slideshow of Hurricane Earl footage and pictures.

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 7, 2010 — Hurricane Earl was still causing a stir across Nova Scotia earlier this morning, as a few hundred residents awoke to another day without power.

Hurricane-force winds downed power lines and uprooted trees.
Hurricane-force winds downed power lines and uprooted trees.

Living in the dark.

That's what nearly 300 customers have been dealing with ever since Earl's damaging winds blew out power lines on Saturday. Homes and businesses in Cape Breton, northern Nova Scotia and the province's eastern shore were still in the dark.

On Monday, The Weather Network spoke to David Rodenhiser, a spokesman with Nova Scotia Power, and he said a small number of customers on remote lines will take more time.

Emergency crews work on restoring the power
Emergency crews work on restoring the power

More than 200,000 customers had the power knocked out on Saturday as Hurricane Earl stormed through the province packing winds over 130 km/h at times. The gusts also uprooted trees, blew over power lines and scattered debris along the roads.

Over 400 Nova Scotia Power crew members have been on the scene restoring downed line after downed line. NB Power has also stepped in and helped with the recovery effort. Residents are asked to call 1-877-428-6004 if they see a damaged power line.

Earl made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in Nova Scotia, near the boundary of Shelburne and Queens counties -- about 85 km southwest of Lunenburg -- around 10:30 a.m. ADT, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre of Environment Canada. From there, it was downgraded to a tropical storm and swept northeast towards P.E.I before crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

With files from Lacy Atalick

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