Arthur wallops Annapolis Valley

Ashley Thompson
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Preliminary data shows the Annapolis Valley as the site of the strongest winds produced by post-tropical storm Arthur.

Chris Fogarty, manager of the Canadian Hurricane Centre, said early figures suggest Greenwood was walloped with wind gusts travelling 138 km/h.

“That was the top wind anywhere in the storm,” he said, of the Martime region’s first major weather event of the hurricane season.

“There was an extreme jet of wind that went through the Annapolis Valley, not all parts, but certainly Greenwood.”

Fogarty the measurement station in Kentville recorded wind speeds of 83 km/h, but he feels those numbers are likely higher due to the sheltered location of the station.

Windsor, Hantsport and the surrounding areas mainly experienced wind damage resulting in uprooted or broken trees and downed power lines. Hants West residents were among the thousands of Nova Scotians without electricity for extended periods of time from the early morning hours of July 5 well into July 6.

Fogarty said that rate at which Arthur’s wind gusts blew through Hants County has yet to be determined, but it generally wind speeds of at least 90 km/h to uproot a tree.

Unlike the parts of the province primarily impacted by wind damage, Fogarty said Yarmouth also received 50 mm of rain.

Fogarty noted that it took about 18 hours for Arthur to pass through Nova Scotia, which is a long period of time for a near-hurricane strength post-tropical storm.

Paul Maynard, regional emergency management organization co-ordinator for Windsor, West Hants and Hantsport, said the majority of emergency calls during the storm were related to trees over power lines.

“It seemed to be more down toward the Hantsport area than anything.”

Maynard said emergency crews have been dealing with a number of small fires as electricity is restored to the lines following the storm.

He said fallen branches or trees touching the lines can start small fires when the electricity is restored. He is asking citizens to report sightings of smoke or sparks.

“Watch for trees leaning up against power lines,” he cautioned.

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Kentville, Hantsport Hants West Nova Scotians Hants County Nova Scotia

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    July 06, 2014 - 22:04