Situation Report: Hurricane Dorian, September 9, 2019 - Bahamas

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

On the heels of Dorian, September 10 marks the climatological peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico).

More than 200,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity throughout the Atlantic region, and Nova Scotia authorities warned that it could take up to a week for electricity to be restored in some areas of the province.

About 300 soldiers from New Brunswick were brought in to help with the cleanup and a further 400 have been on standby. "People can't get to work. I know that plenty of folks had injury to their vehicles and their homes", MacDonald mentioned.

Dorian moved along the U.S. East Coast from Florida to North Carolina, but its center only made landfall (in the U.S., that is) last Friday (Sept. 6) near Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The storm downed trees, power lines and caused damage all across central Nova Scotia before doing the same to P.E.I.

The province's South Shore and the Halifax area were most affected by outages, she said.

On Monday at 10:59 p.m.

"The damage is widespread, so you might have one area where there are several hundred people that can be re-energized with one fix", he said. "That's going to be the ongoing challenge in the next couple of days".

16,500 in Prince Edward Island.

According to a report by the US National Hurricane Center at 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT), the cyclone increased its power by 15 miles per hour (24 km), as well as its travel speed to the northeast. As of now, it does not appear the thunderstorms will be severe, with hail and damaging winds.

"There are three boats that are on the rocks from the marina side, and on the slip side, there are about 20 boats that are on top of each other".

Halifax resident Karla Sonnichsen said she made a decision to wait out the storm at her parents' house in Dartmouth, where Dorian proceeded to push over trees and rip apart her father's shed.

On Monday, crews were removing boats and damaged sections of the wharf.

"We're still talking about a very unsafe storm that is transiting through the Maritimes", Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, told a late-evening news conference.

- With files from Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.

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