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PHOTO GALLERY: Dorian leaves thousands in Pictou County without power


NEW GLASGOW, N.S. —

Downed tree on Maple Street New Glasgow.
Downed tree on Maple Street New Glasgow.

UPDATE Sunday, Sept. 8:

Thousands in Pictou County woke up without power Sunday morning, Sept. 8  after Dorian passed through overnight with strong wind and rain. Police advise motorists to drive with care because of the potential to come across downed branches and trees.

Here are the comfort centres that are open in Pictou County.

Alma Fire Department open from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Caribou Fire Department open from noon until 5 p.m.

Eureka Fire Department open from noon until 5 p.m.

Linacy is open but will close at noon

Scotsburn Fire Department is open now until 5 p.m.

Thorburn Fire Department will open at  noon and close at 5 p.m.

UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Trees have fallen in many places in Pictou County and power is out in much of the area. Environment Canada says it will continue to rain at times heavy until around midnight thenit will be  cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. The wind will be northeast 50 km/h gusting to 70 this evening becoming east 70 gusting to 110 except over exposed areas where it will be gusting to 140 this evening. Wind will become west 60 gusting to 90 near midnight.

Power outages as of 6:50 p.m.
Power outages as of 6:50 p.m.

Update 4 p.m.

More than 200,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were without service as of 3:30 p.m., just half an hour after the National Hurricane Centre upgraded hurricane Dorian to a Category 2 with winds of 155 km/h. 

Update 2:26 p.m.

Winds are beginning to pick up here in Pictou County and a light rain is falling. Power outages are beginning to be reported. You can keep up to date on power outages here.

Power outages as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
Power outages as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

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Pictou County is directly in the path of Dorian and will see very heavy rain in excess of 100 mm and sustained winds of 100km/hr with gusts up to 130 km/hr.

Saltwire meteorologist Cindy Day says the county along with much of Northern Nova Scotia are likely to be hit hard by the Category 1 storm which is expected to downgrade to a tropical storm as it heads towards Prince Edward Island.

Day said the eye of the storm will pass over Pictou County around 9 p.m. but rain and wind will begin before that. The storm will continue for about six hours with a westward wind following afterward for several hours. Because of the high winds and large rainfall in a short period of time, flooding and tree damage is likely.

“It’s powerful, but it’s short lived,” she said.

The hurricane force winds will extend about 165 km from the center of the storm.

Pictou County residents were busy preparing Saturday morning with long lineups at many gas stations and grocery stores. Some gas stations have run out of fuel as Pictou County residents prepare for the arrival of Dorian.

The ferry crossings between Caribou, N.S. and Wood Islands, P.E.I. have been cancelled as well as most events including the Pictou Exhibition and many stores are closing early.

“These winds will topple many trees leading to downed utility lines and extended service outages,” Environment Canada stated in its hurricane warning for Pictou County. “Moderate to significant damage to roofing materials, exterior cladding and light structures is likely. This could result in some damage to docks and breakwaters. Shoreline erosion and wave overwash is expected where winds blow onshore.”

“It is important to prepare for a hurricane or a tropical storm by following a few important steps,” said John Davision for Pictou County Regional Emergency Management Office.

1. Stock your emergency kit with extra medication, food, water and other supplies for at least 72 hours.

2. Remove outdoor loose chairs, toys equipment that can be moved by strong winds.

3. Continually check social media, radio and television for updates or weather and any other important information. Weather can change suddenly.

4. Check on neighbours, seniors and others that may need assistance before and after the storm.

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5. Prepare for power outages pack batteries, check flashlights and if you have a generator use it safely.

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