Hurricane Dorian has reached the Maritimes and it’s already caused destruction and mass power outages in Nova Scotia.
The former Category 5 storm, which killed 43 people in the Bahamas and caused devastating damage this week, is now a Category 2 storm and is expected to bring dangerously high winds and possible flooding.
Sustained winds are now estimated to reach 160 km/h, with gusts up to 195 km/h.
- Over 1,000 flights cancelled as Hurricane Dorian continues to cause havoc
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- ‘Compassionate’ Canadian woman killed in Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian
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Videos shared on social media show the powerful winds have caused trees to fall, and debris is now littering the streets.
Nova Scotia Power is reporting outages affecting more than 330,000 customers and the company is reminding the public to stay away from downed wires and poles.
Thanks to everyone who has reported outages, damage and downed lines. Please keep tagging us and reporting at https://t.co/cKMppFqg0n. If you see a downed wire or pole, remember to stay back and call 1-877-428-6004. Our crews will be out to assess the damage as soon as it’s safe. https://t.co/F34p2y0RIX
— Nova Scotia Power (@nspowerinc) September 7, 2019
Driving conditions throughout the province are also deteriorating, according to the RCMP, as debris and significant water are on roadways.
The RCMP is also urging the public to avoid all non-essential travel.
#RCMPNS driving conditions throughout the province are deteriorating. We have seen debris on roadways and significant water on the roads. Please avoid all non-essential travel and stay safe, everyone. #Dorian @NS_TIR
— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) September 7, 2019
Here’s a look at the damage Hurricane Dorian has already caused in Nova Scotia.
— Patrick Duplessis (@Pat_wx) September 7, 2019
— Brandon Houck (@HouckisPokise) September 7, 2019
— Ramon R (@_RamonR) September 7, 2019
— K. Schmidt (@marlowcam8) September 7, 2019
— Nathan Coleman (@NateTWN) September 7, 2019
— JK (@Jess_Kly) September 7, 2019