Hurricane Dorian Hits Canada, Leaves Thousands in Darkness

  • According to a report by the US National Hurricane Center, the cyclone increased its power by 15 miles per hour (24 km), as well as its travel speed to the northeast.
  • Nova Scotia Power inc. reports at least 380,000 of their customers were without electricity.
  • Dorian has killed 43 people in the Bahamas, five in the United States, and one in Puerto Rico.

After causing mass damages in the Bahamas, as well as North Carolina, Hurricane Dorian made landfall Saturday afternoon in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It uprooted trees, blew off roofs and disrupted electricity supply, leaving several in darkness. Hurricane Dorian reached the extreme east of Canada with strong winds on Sunday and left hundreds of thousands of people without power supply.

Hurricane Dorian was a long-lived, extremely powerful and destructive Category 5 hurricane that devastated the northwestern Bahamas and caused significant damage to the Southeastern United States and Atlantic Canada. It was the fifth depression, fourth named storm, second hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

According to a report by the US National Hurricane Center at 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT), the cyclone increased its power by 15 miles per hour (24 km), as well as its travel speed to the northeast. In Canada, no deaths have so far been reported, although, in the Bahamas, the storm claimed 43 lives. Five lives were lost in the United States due to the storm, and one person was killed in Puerto Rico.

According to Sunday morning’s reports by the NHC, the vortex of the post-tropical cyclone was 90 kilometers (55 miles) east-northeast of the semi-deserted Anticosti Island, and it had maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour ( 80 mph). The eye was heading north-northwest, approximately along the route of the San Lorenzo River.

The Nova Scotia authorities advised the residents of the province to keep off roads to allow soldiers to restore power, as well as remove fallen trees and other debris. According to the local authorities, close to a thousand Canadian soldiers will be assigned the task of clearing roads, evacuating residents trapped in flooded areas, and help in the restoration of electricity. According to a report by the Nova Scotia Power inc., at least 380,000 of their customers were without electricity.

Halifax is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It had a population of 403,131 in 2016. Halifax is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies.

So far, Dorian’s greatest pinch was experienced in the Bahamas last week. The Category 5 hurricane boasted winds of 295 km/hr (185 mph) and destroyed thousands of houses. The storm left many areas isolated by floods and debris. Airplanes, cruise ships, and yachts are being used to help evacuate people, especially from the highly-affected Abaco islands.

The people of Nova Scotia had prepared for heavy rains, and possible flooding on the coast, and business people were advised to close their premises early. “We don’t want the citizens of Halifax to walk through the center with the arrival of the waters,” said Erica Fleck, deputy head of community risk reduction in Halifax.

More than 400,000 people reside in the capital of Nova Scotia. The storm caused a crane to collapse and crash into the side of an apartment building, which was under construction. At the southern end of the city, a roof was torn from another apartment complex. Fireman Jeff Paris said several residential buildings were evacuate. “After the fall of the crane, trees and power lines, it is a fortune that has not been seriously injured or killed,” he added.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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