Hurricane Earl, which finally made its landfall in Nova Scotia on 4th September, was quite choosy in meting out punishment to the different areas it touched on its journey. On 2nd September, North Carolina came under the grip of torrential rains and intense winds. In Cape Hatteras, winds reached speeds of about 67 miles an hour. Numerous homes as well as roads were flooded and power supply played truant. However, Earl was somewhat benevolent with New England. Aside from small floods, New England remained largely untouched. The mid Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia escaped with low to medium impact. The coastline areas were lashed by tropical storms and huge waves, while it was only gales and outer rainbands for the Delmarva Peninsula.
Continuing its course, Earl hit ashore at around 11 am near Western Head, Nova Scotia. Winds blowing at nearly 75 miles per hour signalled the advent of Earl. Just offshore areas witnessed waves of up to 82 ft and winds of hurricane intensity. As far as the onshore areas were concerned, it was Atlantic Canada, which bore the worst of Earl. The reported rainfall in Quebec was approximately 48.2 mm, while in Edmunston, New Brunswick, rainfall was about 76.5 mm. The strongest winds onshore raged over Beaver Island at speeds of 84 miles an hour.
While floods, violent rains, and raging gales were all part and parcel of the hurricane, daily life was also left in shambles because of power outages. In fact, thousands of homes in Canada had to do without power supply for extended periods of time.
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