Dorian weakened to a hurricane-force post-tropical cyclone on Saturday but managed to knock out power for half a million people in Nova Scotia, according to an 11 p.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center. Dorian was traveling over the Canadian Maritimes and is 100 kilometres south of the Magdalen Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 145 kph and was moving north-northeast at 50 kph.
Boats were pulled from the water in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Friday and ferries waved their fees to bring residents on nearby islands back to the mainland.
The monster storm was blamed for at least 43 deaths in the Bahamas. It’s a number that officials warn will surely grow as thousands of people remain missing. Nearly 70,000 people are believed to be homeless on the islands, the U.N. said Friday.
A crane toppled and crashed into the side of an under construction downtown Halifax apartment building, according to The Associated Press. A roof was ripped off an apartment complex in the city’s south end.
Firefighter Jeff Paris said several apartment buildings were being evacuated due to damage incurred from Dorian.
Dorian made landfall near Sambo Creak, Nova Scotia Saturday evening, about 25 kilometres south of Halifax. The storm brought maximum sustained winds of 160 kph and plunged parts of Nova Scotia into darkness.
Initially, Nova Scotia Power Inc. reported more than 300,000 customers were without power in parts of Halifax, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. A National Hurricane Center update revised that number up to half a million.
CEO Karen Hutt told The Associated Press that 1,000 workers were at the ready to restore power once conditions became safe enough to do so.
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