Now a post-tropical cyclone, Dorian makes landfall in Novia Scotia

Now a post-tropical cyclone, Dorian makes landfall in Novia Scotia

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.

Despite its downgrade, Dorian continued to produce hurricane-force winds well above 120 km/h.

More than 300,000 customers were still without power late yesterday afternoon.

Dorian tore across Canada's Atlantic coast early Sunday, knocking out power to half a million customers despite losing some strength after leaving the United States. "It's important to allow the level of professionals we have in this province go out and do their work", he said at a weekend press conference. "We have no wind, we have no waves, it's just eerie", Eva Kroger, who owns a bed and breakfast in the city, told CTV News Channel. Powerful winds capable of reaching speeds of up to 150 km/h are in the forecast, and waves could reach as high as 15 metres.

Before Dorian landed, the damage was already extensive.

There have been no reports of injuries in the Maritimes linked to Dorian, but dramatic footage shared on social media showed a large crane swaying in the wind and collapsing into the side of an empty apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax.

In the city's south end, a roof was ripped off another apartment complex, while other images on social media showed scores of upended trees, a torn-up waterfront boardwalk, flooded streets and flying debris.

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, there were over 380,000 homes and businesses without power in Nova Scotia, with outages reported across the province.

Though utility crews were fanning out to complete repairs Sunday, Hutt said the fix work in Nova Scotia would stretch into next week.

"We are fully committed to the task at hand to support Nova Scotia Emergency Management and will move quickly and with objective to protect Canadians and mitigate the effects of Hurricane Dorian", said Lt. -Gen. Bob Robichaud, the Canadian Hurricane Centre's warning preparedness meteorologist, said flooding is likely. "There'll be plenty of time for you to come down and get your coffee".

She said that even with the help of utility crews from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Florida and ME, it would likely be Wednesday before the lights are back on in all areas of the province.

Many fishermen brought their boats in from the harbor in the days before the storm was set to hit, but others were unable to. Only light rain showers and moderate winds are the greatest concerns.

Harris lost his auto to the storm and his air conditioning is damaged, but he said he's blessed that his condominium is on the third floor and he is insured.

Another 35,000 households are experiencing blackouts in Prince Edward Island.

As the storm rages throughout the evening, residents are being warned to stay indoors, not to drive anywhere and avoid the coast.

"It's critical actually that folks take no chances".

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