In many ways, this is much worse than the storm which pummeled the US Northeast. The storm which afflicted the US Northeast was one storm, whereas a storm from Ontario and Quebec converged with the storm from the Northeast, providing Nova Scotians with a rare and perfect destructive storm. Last I heard, the causeway to Cape Sable Island, and island of significant size off the Southermost tip of Nova Scotia is temporarily inaccessible due to blizzard conditions and icing..
This is a picture of one of the grocery stores I shopped in, quite a distance from our house. It has changed hands since I was last there. The thick front glass has indeed been blown out by high winds, which is interesting, because it's fairly well protected, and faces away from the ocean. The local weather station reported winds in excess of 120 km./hr. The Emergency Measures Coordinator has said that the storm "opened a gap in the building" and that the glass blew out from the inside out". I can't even imagine.
|Later in the day. (Photo: Kathy Johnson)|
Power was knocked out for a good deal of the region, which doesn't hurt us much, because the house has been winterized, but I'll bet with the cold, trees down, snowy icy roads, and pounding surf, it was quite a problem. Local officials opened a shelter or two, in fire stations,, but with blizzard conditions, I wonder how many people got there. Most businesses in the county were closed yesterday, and this kept most people off the roads. In other parts of Nova Scotia, hospitals organized "Jeep Brigades" to get physicians and nurses to hospitals.
Many if not most people in the region make their money through fishing and lobster harvesting. Yesterday, many wharfs were turned to matchsticks, and ones which remained had boats set upon them. It's hard to imagine some of those large fishing boats with larger crews being set on wharfs, or set this far inland following a storm surge. There is also major roof damage to some buildings, and the many historical buildings have yet to be assessed.
|I am glad our own doors are staying closed. This is quite typical for yesterday. (Photo: Julie Young)|
|These are lobster traps brought onto a road by the storm surge. The ocean is on the right. (Photo: Susan Quinlan)|
|Many pieces of road equipment of all varieties slipped off roads yesterday. A plow slipped off the road right near our house.|
Photo's without the contributor's name are credited at this time to: www.thecoastguard.ca, which is a newspaper.
With the people I was concerned about apparently safe, I recalled that last year our homeowners insurance for the house there took a jump. This amount of damage in the area is probably going to cause it to rise additionally. However, I am grateful for the the safety of the people and for our house. When the drifts melt and the weather is better, a better look will need to be taken at our house to ensure that nothing happened in the following day. Daniel would have loved this miraculous place.
The Cape Sable Causeway situation has improved and is passable. The live feed is back up at:
This post is an update to the prior post on this subject which can be found at: