Sep 29th, 2003, 08:04 AM
How did all our friends in nova scotia fare?
hope everyone is OK!!!
hope everyone is OK!!!
Sep 29th, 2003, 08:04 AM
How did all our friends in nova scotia fare?
hope everyone is OK!!!
Sep 29th, 2003, 09:13 AM
I'm in New Brunswick and we got the tail end of it - raining like crazy today with pretty good winds. :confused: We'll survive. ;)
Sep 29th, 2003, 09:22 AM
sunny in fredericton
Sep 29th, 2003, 10:24 AM
Brother in Pictou is OK ... lucky no damage with solid house and boat in a hurricane hole. Much wind and water damage. No power this morning for some. People driving around for coffee fix where there is power.
Elections still on in PEI .... tongue.gif
Sep 29th, 2003, 08:55 PM
I was in Halifax over the weekend. I took my daughters and my niece towards the mouth of the Harbour (Herring Cove) by four in the afternoon the waves were already powerful. My niece described them as “giawesome” apparently a new descriptor.
Later I took my daughter to her apt. on Quinpool Rd. as we drove by the Northwest Arm at the Armdale rotary the water level was the highest level I have seen in years, This was about 10 pm at about high tide. If the water got about half a meter higher there would be flooding. At that time it was fairly breezy and heavy rains.
The Hurricane hit about an hour later. The eye of the Hurricane passed over Halifax. I was surprised at the speed of its passing. The storm was over by six am when I woke in the mourning.
The storm blew in from the south and moved north. My wife and her sister sat out on a porch in the lea of the wind, drank wine and faced the storm outside.
My sister-in-law said it was like watching a train wreck. She said "I just couldn't look away."
My sister-in-law lost two thirty foot poplar trees luckily they fell in her back yard with no other damage. My father had half of an old maple tree (maybe 75 to 100 years old) fall onto the roof of his house. No damage to the roof. The trees which Halifax Dartmouth were generously blessed are down all over blocking street and of course taking power lines. Their roots have taken out sidewalks when the trees were blown over. Many trees were twisted and shattered by the winds. :( :(
The ferry terminals in Halifax and especially Dartmouth were damaged by the storm serge. The Old Bridge (Mac Donald) the toll booths were wrecked by the wind.
I left Halifax around 6 pm. The mainland parts of the city were mostly without power. Parts of peninsular Halifax have power but it is also mostly without power. The electricity may not be back on until Thursday or Friday. :(
Probably why no reports from Hali.
Sep 30th, 2003, 06:13 AM
Yeah, This City is Pretty Messed up, I Just Got My Cable Back, I Really Appreciate little things right now. My Buddy Pete's roof blew of, I Spent Yesterday helpin him out, I Think his Monitor is Messed up because the roof started to Leak over it. The Situation here is bad.... Seriously, Trees up rooted everywhere, Man, This Hurts Me, I Love this city, but it's just a Mess... Lotsa dumbasses wandering around taking Pictures and getting in the way of Cleanup crews, That Makes me angry, anyway, Thanks Fer Letting me vent!! Gotta Go Drink Some Coffee!!
Oct 1st, 2003, 02:22 PM
Hey guys, I'm alive... mostly...
Still no power, no telephone at my place. You would not believe how many trees are down - huge amount of damage. Massive trees were ripped out by their roots and thrown against houses.
I'll try to get some photos uploaded ... well.. ... huh. Where the hell am I going to put them. The community net, whose servers are in the basement of the Math building at Dalhousie University, is still offline. For some reason, .Mac is down too... so I'm not able to access any of my email or webspace. Y'all will have to wait a few days for the photos. :(
Sigh. Luckily a friend still has power and cable internet.. but he's one of the very few. I'll be back hopefully by the weekend, if the repair crews make it to my neighbourhood.
Oct 1st, 2003, 02:53 PM
Good Luck to everyone in the Greater Halifax Area.
Hope the cleanup goes well.
Still cant get ahold of my friend in Dartmouth but im sure we wouldve heard if anything bad had happened.
Oct 1st, 2003, 02:57 PM
Odd - looks like it's not .Mac after all. I can get to the .Mac homepage, but I can't log in.
I also can't log in to Hotmail or any other https server, so it must have something to do with the authentication for secure transactions on the eastlink cable internet service.
Weird. I am able to get into an old Yahoo! account, however...
Darn hurricane.... :mad:
Oct 2nd, 2003, 03:28 PM
Some photos of the destruction left by Hurricane Juan:
Oct 2nd, 2003, 04:02 PM
thanx for the pix u posted
Oct 2nd, 2003, 06:11 PM
Another thank you for the pix you did a really fine job.
The shots of the arm were they taken from Horseshoe Island looking at the old Edmonds' grounds?
If they were that is the site where an anchor from the Mont Blanc (Halifax Explosion) lies.
It looks as if Juan was a slow speed nuclear explosion in terms of the damage to the trees in and around Halifax.
I saw on the CBC news arial view of Point Pleasant Park. Kinda looked like Mount St. Hellens or that site in Russia where the meteor landed..
Oct 4th, 2003, 12:19 PM
The Arm shots were taken from Horseshoe Island (the shots of the two sailbots mating is where I stood to take the shots across the Arm).
The Mont Blanc anchor - odd, I don't remember seeing it anwhere (kinda doubt it was blown away smile.gif )
Yah, the damage is freakin' huge. Apparently ATV (not sure about CTV) will do a special feature program on it this Monday night.
Point Pleasant Park - what a sad story. Amazing damage, like a giant hand just swept in and knocked everything down. I'm surprised there wasn't more damage on the container pier.
FYI, It's now Saturday afternoon. Still no electricity at our place (we're near Dalhousie University, which does have juice), but our phone came back on yesterday.... Glad I don't live outside of town, where communities got hit hard (Ferguson's Cove, Sambro, etc.) and the power crews are still nowhere to be seen out that way...
Oct 5th, 2003, 06:32 PM
It's amazing how little we've heard about the hurricane here on the west coast. Until yesterday, I thought it was just a big storm...I didn't realize how many buildings had been destroyed, etc. It's sad that the country seems divided at Toronto in terms of news. :(
I am glad everyone is okay. Hope no one sustained any major damage or injuries, and hope the power is back to everyone soon. smile.gif
Oct 5th, 2003, 09:22 PM
Sunday. Still no power.
Call the "outage" line.... we should have electricity again by... Tuesday
Mark's No-Power Blog (http://homepage.mac.com/mrushton/iblog/index.html)
Oct 5th, 2003, 09:58 PM
your frustration is understood, but perhaps this is a time to be thankful that you are alive.
a storm like that can be very devastating in terms of human loss
Oct 6th, 2003, 11:22 AM
I'm always thankful to be alive :D ...and the storm has definitely been devastating... two people were killed (a paramedic and a motorist) by falling trees. Coastal fishing communities were decimated, with wharves, boats, lobster traps, etc., destroyed. Juan was a huge blow to the economy in general and individual lives.
The 'Blog is my vent... just because I express those particular feelings doesn't mean I'm insensitive to the broader suffering... My friends & I spent much of last week delivering hot water and warm meals to elderly neighbours, running electrical cords, etc.
C'mon, man, let me be selfish once in a while!
Oct 7th, 2003, 05:49 PM
I was in Halifax on Sunday helped my Father cut up the maple that was resting on his house. I was impressed and angry with my Dad. 81 years old he hauled all of the branches which he cut by hand to the curb and was carrying the logs I was cutting off the tree. Don’t tell me that’s what I should be doing because that’s what I said. tongue.gif
I hope I am able to work like that at his age. Then again I am not that crazy about working like he does at my age I just want the ability. graemlins/lmao.gif
Anyway I can sympathize with Cuba Mark. He has a right to vent. Mainland Halifax (North and South) looks in much better shape than the area where Cuba Mark lives. :(
Just to give you a flavour of the situation in Halifax on Sunday. I drove on the rotary everything looks normal.
I dove up Quinpool Rd. By Horseshoe Island things are getting dark oh yeah! no street lights. Side streets blocked by tree limbs and “brush”. The intersection of Connaught and Quinpool (major intersection) no traffic control lights treated as a four way stop.
The next block a set of traffic control lights working (minor intersection) Then Oxford St. and Quinpool Rd. (major intersection) no traffic control lights however the lights in houses movie theater were all on. Traffic treat as a four way stop.
A block away at Harvard St. and Quinpool Rd. (minor intersection) traffic control lights operating.
Drive one block south turn up Pepperell St. Street lights are off. It was hard to tell if all of the houses have lights. Businesses seem to have power. However south of Pepperell power is off. While driving up Pepperell I see a tree blown over in to the street.
The top of this tree that would have been blocking the street those branches have been removed. However the remaining trunk of the tree was left leaning into the street. Oh! you ask why it is leaning into the street. Well that’s because the little red car crushed beneath the tree is just left there apparently to hold the tree out of the street.
Peninsular Halifax is still very broken. The folks there are being very patient. I heard more moaning on this board and in the media about the power outage in Toronto than the problems in Halifax. Halifax City Council is now complaining about the Power Corporation (just heard it on the news) efforts.
BTW there will be a news special on CBC NewsWorld this weekend. Saturday Mourning 09:00 am and 5:00 pm and on Sunday. Not Sure on times for Sunday and if the Saturday time are Atlantic Time or local times. Check Local listing. ATV (CTV Local affiliate) telecast a recap of news of the storm as they put it with the power out the folks in Halifax didn’t get to see how bad things were. Power for many just came on.
I wish Cuba Mark et al the best of luck. I hope thing start to return to basic services soon for you. Seeing basic services a block away for 3 to 5 days is very hard.
What passes for normal in Halifax is very far off, maybe years. Watch NewsWorld this weekend to get an idea of just how bad things are.
Oct 7th, 2003, 06:18 PM
We lucked out here in St.John's last night, with Hurricane Kate bringing 2 inches of much needed rain, but no winds. Luckily, the rain was in a 20 hour period, so no major flooding took place.
Oct 8th, 2003, 07:47 AM
But you shoulda been in Cuba during a masssive storm event!!
What a ROCKER!!
The streets fill with water, your car makes a bow-wave when you drive down a well-traveled highway or sidestreet. Roofs are torn off of buildings. The whole country comes to a stop!
The power is OUT for two to FIVE WEEKS!!!
Hospitals are closed. Public ofices are CLOSED. Everything is CLOSED.
The whole damn country comes to a total STOP!!
Private sellers of meat and vegetables open up their stands. Pretty soon, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is shopping at these private food vendors.
And the Government sanctioned "Ration distributrion centers" are largely abandoned by the average Cuban.
Cuba is in a state of massive change right now. Go there and see for yourself.
Things are NOT the way that they were during the past thirtry years. Not by HALF!!
Trust me on this.
Oct 8th, 2003, 08:51 PM
Oh, MacNutt.... :rolleyes:
I'm too tired tonight to compose a new, unique response to your usual baiting. Instead, I offer up an article I wrote a few years back during Hurricane Inez, when I was in Havana doing research. It's surprisingly relevant...
Inez, Fidel and Human Rights (http://www.nscuba.org/Docs/Derechos/18oct99.html)
And while we're at it:
Before it Changes (http://www.nscuba.org/Docs/Articles/Before.html)
A Ballgame in Havana (http://www.nscuba.org/Docs/Articles/ballgame.html)
A Criminal Act (http://www.nscuba.org/Docs/US/criminal.act.html)