Dorian leaves 500 000 without power after making landfall over Nova Scotia, Canada


The center of once very powerful Category 5 Hurricane – Post-Tropical Cyclone "Dorian" made its 5th landfall near Sambro Creek, Nova Scotia, Canada at 22:15 UTC on September 7, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph) and estimated central pressure of 958 hPa. The last hurricane to make landfall there was Earl in 2010.

Dorian downed power lines and uprooted trees, leaving almost 400 000 customers in Nova Scotia, 55 000 in New Brunswick and 50 000 in Prince Edward Island without power.

Hurricane "Dorian" at 11:40 UTC on September 7, 2019. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East

The government ordered over 700 military personnel to help restore essential services and ensure public welfare, Canada's Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said.

There were no reports of injuries, but material damage is considerable, The Weather Network reported.

First responders pulled 31 people and five dogs from trailers rapidly filling with water at a campground on P.E.I.'s North Shore early Sunday morning, September 8, after a storm surge flooded the trailers.

The campground's owner, Matthew Wedge, said he doesn't know where to start with clearing the wreckage caused by Dorian's howling winds and heavy rains.

Dorian is the strongest-ever hurricane to hit the Bahamas islands. It left around 70 000 people homeless, 44 confirmed casualties and hundreds missing. However, the number of casualties seems to be much much higher, probably in thousands:

The worst-hit areas were Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Residential properties and commercial areas were destroyed with torn roofs, fallen power towers, and collapsed establishments scattered.

Featured image: Hurricane "Dorian" at 11:40 UTC on September 7, 2019. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East


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