Nova Scotia

Houses, boats damaged in storm

Many people in Cape Breton are assessing the damage left by a storm that toppled trees and tossed about boats.

Power outages continue for thousands of customers

The storm tossed several boats about. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)

Many Cape Bretoners are assessing the damage left by a storm that toppled trees and tossed about boats.

At least three homes in Sydney were hit by big trees falling over in Sunday's high winds.

Stephen Rolls had a large tree land on his home on George Street.

"We got a knock on the door at 11 o'clock last night. The police were there and they said to get out immediately because the tree was lifting from the ground," he told CBC News on Monday.

Pam Collins lives nearby. A tree in front of her house blew across the street and landed on her neighbour's house.

"I just heard a big bang as if it were a transformer or something, saw a bright light, looked outside [and] all I saw was leaves and I knew the tree had tumbled down," said Collins.

Several large trees toppled in Sydney. (George Mortimer/CBC)

There were no reports of injuries.

At the Dobson Yacht Club in Westmount, several boats were blown onto shore and a couple ended up partially submerged in the harbour.

Fisherman Garfield Green spent the night on a boat moored at the club.

"Tide was just so high and the sea was just coming over the wharf and the parking lot here and everything. We thought the yacht club was going to float away there for a minute," Green said. "I've been around here for 35 years here and I never seen this before."

Brian Young awoke early to learn that his boat, Forever Young, was mostly underwater.

"I feel sick to my stomach," said Young. "They think a piece of the wharf might have poked a hole in the side of it and that's why it sunk, but we don't know until we get somebody to dive down and see how we're going to get it out of there."

Two other boats were also partially submerged, while a few more were pitched up onto the wharf. One was carried across the harbour to the Sydney side.

Parts of the wharf were broken into pieces and scattered across the parking lot.

Power outages

There were about 9,500 customers in Nova Scotia without power as of 10 a.m. Monday, mostly in Cape Breton. On the mainland the outages stretched from Digby to Antigonish.

Classes were cancelled at a number of schools because of the outages. The Fortress of Louisbourg was also closed.


Sunday's storm brought rain and heavy winds, while some higher areas such as the Cobequid Pass saw snow. Environment Canada warned Nova Scotians to expect up to 70 millimetres of rain.

Rough seas forced Northumberland Ferries to suspend service all day Sunday between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia. Marine Atlantic ferries were tied up until Monday morning.