At least 43 dead in Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2019

Hundreds of people in Pictou County are still without power as Nova Scotia Power crews work to fix lines damaged by Dorian, the storm that hit the region on Saturday night into Sunday.

"With the track of Dorian being west of Newfoundland, it was mainly a wind event as the heaviest rains stayed west of the track", said Environment Canada in a storm summary.

At one point, about 80 per cent of Nova Scotia's Power's customers were in the dark late Saturday.

More than 330,000 people in the province have lost power, Nova Scotia Power said, but there were no reports of injuries due to the storm.

Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault acknowledged that erosion has become a concern for the archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and said work was beginning immediately to protect the most vulnerable areas.

Canadian soldiers armed with chain saws fanned out throughout Halifax and the surrounding communities Monday to support thoroughly clean up the tangled mess of fallen trees and energy lines remaining driving by put up-tropical cyclone Dorian. The province is still dealing with the mess of the passing storm, and while crews are working diligently to clear debris, thousands of residents are still without power as of September 9.

He said he understands the frustration of those still waiting for power to be restored. Powerful winds and rain caused property damage across the province, in one instance even toppling a construction crane in downtown Halifax. Others wanted to see the city's slightly mangled waterfront boardwalk, or the other apartment complex with a missing roof.

The agency said it was setting up shelters or temporary housing for the newly homeless across the islands and appealed for Bahamians to take in storm victims. "People can't get to work".

The disturbance that is nearest to South Florida is a few hundred miles north and northeast of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean and is producing "disorganized showers and thunderstorms", according to the hurricane center's 8 p.m. advisory. Lines are down. Trees are blocking the way.

Dorian's almost two-week path has unleashed devastation in the Bahamas, where it flattened homes and swept away neighborhoods, leaving at least 43 people dead.

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