Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A List of Some of the Hurricanes to Hit Atlantic Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A List of Some of the Hurricanes to Hit Atlantic Canada

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A list of hurricanes in Atlantic Canada


While Canada is usually spared the worst assaults during the Atlantic hurricane season, the country's eastern provinces are no stranger to serious storms. Here are some of the most major hurricanes to impact the region:

Sept. 21, 2010: Hurricane Igor came ashore in Newfoundland as a category one storm with sustained winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour. It caused only one fatality, but dumped more than 150 millimetres of rain on the province and left roughly 70,000 people without power. Environment Canada estimates the storm's overall damage at well over $180 million.

Sept. 4, 2010: Hurricane Earl made landfall near Halifax. The storm was ranked as a low Category 1 hurricane, but featured sustained winds of 119 kilometres per hour. Earl dumped heavy rains from Nova Scotia to Quebec and caused one fatality.

Sept. 28, 2008: Kyle became the first hurricane-strength storm to make landfall in Canada in five years. Environment Canada classified it as a low-grade Category 1 storm with winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were both effected by the storm, which featured between 50 and 100 millimetres of rain and a storm surge of roughly 80 centimetres.

Sept. 29, 2003: Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia as a Category 2 storm and sweeps through Halifax, becoming the most damaging storm to hit the city in more than a decade. Juan caused serious damage with sustained winds of up to 151 kilometres per hour, dumped up to 40 millimetres of rain on the city and caused widespread flooding with a storm surge of up to 1. …

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