Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

On the statistical peak of hurricane season, forecasters monitoring the Gulf

On the statistical peak of hurricane season, forecasters monitoring the Gulf

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday, September 1 as a Category 5, the strongest level of hurricane.

"Our main priority is to clear the roads and to make sure that people without power are safe".

'We are in the midst of a historic tragedy, ' Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in an announcement Monday.

Nova Scotia Power CEO Karen Hutt said she hoped the number of customers still without power would be cut in half by Wednesday.

Recovery is now in process, but according to Nova Scotia Power president Karen Hutt, the damage is so extensive it could take a whole week.

"I know crews have been working around the clock to restore power throughout Nova Scotia, and there's a lot more work to do, and the federal government is here to support in any way we can". See photos of Hurricane Dorian's damage in North Carolina here.

It lost its hurricane-force winds and was considered a post-tropical cyclone when it made landfall in Canada's Nova Scotia province on Saturday night.

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There were no reports of injuries, but roofs were torn off and trees were snapped like twigs, pulling down power lines across a wide swath of the Maritimes.

On Prince Edward Island, Maritime Electric some customers may be without power until the end of the week. AT, there were 108,260 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

Dorian flattened trees that pulled down power poles across a vast area and all of that tangled debris littering streets is now making the work of utility crews that much harder.

Power crews from Quebec, Ontario, Florida and ME have been called in to help.

As a result, life in Nova Scotia and it's surrounding has not returned to normal, and are not expected to for some time, with many cell towers going down intermittently, some schools and business remaining closed, and military personal on the streets attempting to help clean up crews.

When the storm hit Nova Scotia on Saturday it left more than 400,000 people without power, and the numbers grew as it travelled, battering cities and homes as it travelled. "Our next objective is.to help out the entirety of the province", he said. No one was injured, but the Nova Scotia Labour Department is conducting an investigation, and a stop work order has been issued.

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