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Arthur aftermath: Thousands still without power in the Maritimes

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 2:33 - Arthur, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, tore through eastern Canada over the weekend. Winds of more than 140 km/h toppled tree branches and dropped triple-digit rainfall amounts on some communities.

At the height of the storm more than 140,000 people were without power in Nova Scotia alone.

By Tuesday 14,000 were still in the dark, with some customers experiencing their fourth straight day without power. Rural areas may not get have their power restored until Friday, the CBC reports.

More than 100 crews are working around the clock to bring electricity back to affected residents, according to Nova Scotia power.

Some officials say the damage caused by the storm matches damages caused by Hurricane Juan, one of Canada's most dangerous storms, 11 years ago.


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Prior to the storm Nova Scotia power announced it was monitoring Arthur closely.

"We have been monitoring this storm for days and putting our plans in place," said Greg Blunden, EVP Customer Service, NS Power, in a statement released on July 3, 2014.

"We have as many Nova Scotia Power and contract line crews available as we have had for any recent storm of this size. We have an experienced team ready to respond."

Residents impacted by the outages are advised to call 1-877-428-6004, toll-free. 

Arthur Quick Stats

  • Formed July 1 off the east coast of Florida
  • Attained category 1 hurricane-status near Cape Fear, Nroth Carolina on July 3
  • Late-day July 3, Arthur became a category 2 hurricane
  • Maximum sustained winds throughout its life cycle was 155 km/h
            
Category 2 Hurricane Post-Tropical Storm
Date July 3 July 5
Time 11:15 p.m. EDT 7:30 a.m. ADT
Wind Speed Sustained winds of 155 km/h Sustained winds of 110 km/h
Location Between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina Vicinity of Port Maitland and Meteghan, Nova Scotia

With files from the CBC and Rodrigo Cokting

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