Mon, Sep

No Remnants This Time.

Mon, Sep 29, 2003


Despite predictions all round that Hurricane Juan would weaken over the cooler waters south of Nova Scotia, the opposite happened, and as a result a Category 1 hurricane made landfall over Halifax. Two deaths have already been blamed for the storm, which had sustained winds of over 140 km/h. Over 300,000 people are without power and there has been property damage in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

An election is scheduled today in PEI. I can't think that they'll be holding it; if they do, I expect a pretty low turnout.

While not a major disaster compared to Isabel's impact on the Carolinas, Juan is still the first hurricane to hit the region since 1995's Hurricane Hortense. I think it's the first in a while to score a direct hit on Halifax. The mess will take a little time to clean up.

This caught me completely by surprise. There was little about it in the news until the storm hit; unlike Hurricane Isabel, which Central Canada stared down as though it were a loaded gun. We heard the reports of Juan on Saturday, but I didn't think much about it on Sunday, and the news is playing catch-up. I'm feeling a little guilty about that. I'll be watching things as they unfold.

I stand corrected. Reports indicate that PEI's election is going ahead as scheduled.

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