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Sunday, July 6, 2014

the wrath of "Arthur"





As most of you know Hurricane Arthur rattled up the eastern seaboard of the US on July 4th.  It put a damper on a lot of Independence Day activities but it was a hot humid summer day here.

By early evening of July 4 the dark clouds were rolling in.  A short while later the rain started.  It had been warm and humid all day - very tropical feeling.  We awoke to heavy rain in the night and by morning the wind was howling and spraying rain on the front of the house.  The wind was northeast - the nasty kind ~ and it had turned a lot cooler.  Hurricane Arthur was downgraded to a Tropical Storm by the time it came close to our region of the Maritime Provinces in the northeast.  It came over southern Nova Scotia and up the Bay of Fundy which lies between NS and New Brunswick.  We were to be on the rainy side and NS on the windy side.  We got both though.  I think more than they thought.  It was bad for both provinces.

When we awoke earlier than usual in the morning the wind was wildly blowing the rain sideways.  The leaves were blowing off the maple trees as they swayed violently in the winds.  This went on all day until around midnight last night.   At about 10:10 am  we lost power.  In the country that means no water and no toilet.  

our leaf littered lawn

Thankfully, Murray bought a generator a few months ago for possible outages during winter snowstorms.  Little did we know that we'd need to use it in the summer.   He also had a charged battery so we could have internet.  You could say we were pretty well set up.  We even had water that we had drawn off to flush the toilet.  It wasn't too bad, really, living off the grid but, I do like my 'comforts'.   Don't you?  

In the afternoon I was looking out the dining room window and just happened to see our neighbour's huge Manitoba Maple Tree blow over.  I couldn't believe it.  I called them and the Mr. said the other one out father was down too and also the one at the front of their driveway.  Thankfully none of them damaged any buildings or power lines.  Then their neighbour on the other side lost 3 or 4 huge Manitoba Maples.   Our son who lives down the road lost 5 Manitoba Maples.
Do you see the lesson here?  DON'T PLANT MANITOBA MAPLE TREES!!!  They have very shallow root systems, they grow fast and huge and they easily topple over as they are broad and top heavy.  Guess what?  My 'favourite tree' in the back yard is one of these and even though it has a lot of dead branches on it and is dying, it did not blow over!!  It's out in the open catching all the wind and it's still standing.  Go figure.

These are our neighbour's 2 trees and their garden gazebo.  I went over to see how they were doing and took cell phone photos.  They managed to salvage the gazebo minus the bug netting though.

This is the only damage we had to our property.  Our 'junk' corner that will soon be totally cleared out has a cedar tree.  That tree was swaying so hard in the wind and finally one of the branches snapped off.  You can see the trunk and all the leafy branches of our neighbour's tree in behind.  

Last evening we passed the time playing Mexican Train Dominoes.  Murray beat me severely but we had fun.  By the time we were done it was getting dark and we had to turn the generator off and go to bed.

This Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny.  The hurricane force winds and torrential rain had died down overnight.  It was so quiet that we woke up around 4:00.  :)   Our church decided to hold a service.  Someone brought a generator and few musicians and singers came along with about 80 worshippers.  We had sound and lights and a great message from our pastor.  
Driving to town and around the city we couldn't help but notice all the downed and damaged trees everywhere.  We've never seen anything like it before.  Thousands of trees are gone and a lot of houses, cars and properties have been damaged.  There has also been some flooding from the
 80 - 130 mm of rain that fell over southwestern NB.  Power was out to over 140,000 customers and is gradually being restored but some in the outlying rural areas may not have power for 2 more days.   We are so thankful we got out power back on this afternoon.  18 hours without was enough.  Interestingly, some of my friends in the city are still without power - 38 hours and counting!!  

This is a tree down across someone's driveway.  It missed the cars and house though.

Because of all the rain the Mactaquac Dam has opened it's flood gates to lower the head pond above it.  We were sitting at the traffic light on the dam this afternoon (it's down to one lane for annual repairs) and I took this photo with my cell phone.  That's a lot of water going down the river.  I guess there were a lot of boats that floated from their moorings, even on the rivers and lakes, and were wrecked or sunk.  I'm sure the tally for damage will climb over the next few weeks.   We were certainly fortunate.   I feel very sorry for those who have had damage from the storm.  Also, there has been some very severe weather in the Canadian prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba with severe flooding, storms and tornados.  Our weather is really wacky this summer isn't it?


I hope my American friends enjoyed the July 4th holiday and the long weekend.  

And, I hope those caught in the wrath of Arthur are safe and didn't have a lot of damage to their properties.  Take care.

Blessings,

Pam





31 comments:

  1. You were lucky to escape with no real damage Pam. I have a friend in Manitoba that has posted photos of the flooding on her FB and it's pretty scary.

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  2. The NC coast was bracing for this storm, but it seems to have been much milder than expected here. So sorry to see the devastation in your area. I am, however, glad to learn that you are safe and sound and were prepared for the outages.
    It always amazes me to see such huge trees just topple over like that. It does look like a good one to avoid planting.

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  3. wow! you really got a dose of it! sorry about all the tree losses and damage in your area, but glad you were okay except for some outage and limbs - and thankfully you were prepared for that, too!

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  4. So sorry things went so badly for your area and for many of your neighbors. Hopefully there were no deaths or serious injuries Pamela.
    We fared well here inland, it was much worse along the NC coast.
    Here's hoping Arthur doesn't have relatives waiting out there in the ocean! We don't relish lots of hurricanes during the season.

    Glad your power is back on. Take care dear.
    Hugs - Mary

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  5. I'm so glad you weathered the storm well Pam!

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  6. Oh my . . . certainly some damage from Arthur. Happy you are safe with minimal damage . . . sad for those many who have lost much and face the days, weeks, months of repair and replacement!

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  7. Wow - such damage - I'm glad you survived it all. I don't know that Domino game but it looks like fun.

    We had a lovely 4th of July weekend - big family barbecue - a little drizzle here and there but very nice warm temperatures.

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  8. How frightening. Pleased you are ok and aren't hurt. Shame about the trees but better than loss of life. Well probably get some tail ends. Keep safe!

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  9. Hi Pamela,

    It's very scary, this summer weather, for sure! Arthur seems to be a worldly kind of 'guy'; he reached our own shores here on Crete, stayed 3 days and almost knocked a few of our own tropical trees down, too! You couldn't stand outside my front door for more than a few seconds without being blinded by flying leaves, sand, dust and anything else that was kicked into the air!

    Glad you are okay and have very little damage to your property, considering your neighbour's poor Manitoba Maples right next door!

    Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful week ahead!

    Poppy

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  10. These kinds of things can be very, very scary! I am glad you and hubby are okay and had little damage. Aren't those generators the greatest? We got one about 8 years ago and we have used it a few times and it has been so helpful. We spent the 4th of July and the next day at my daughter, Kim, and he husband Todd's cottage on Keuka Lake. Our granddaughter, Tori, (15) was there, too. Our son came with his wife (baby due Aug, 23) and their son (15). It was so nice to have us all together! I know you know what I mean. Friday was quite chilly but Saturday was beautiful with warm temps and lots of sun. The kids went skiing , knee boarding and jet skiing many times. But it was the 4th of July and they wanted to enjoy the water and have fun. Jim and I hope to return this week (to the lake) to spend a few days this week and next. It will be quite nice. I hope all of your neighbors and people in the surrounding area get all cleaned up from the storm. I kept watching the storm and hoping it would not hit my sister in South Carolina but then the weatherman said Arthur was heading up the coast and would be going your way. I asked my family to say a few prayers for you and Faye Henry. We did and I think our prayers were heard. Talk to you soon.

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  11. we had some wild wind last wednesday & lots of huge limbs down ... so i had lots of yard clean up to do. there is still tons of limbs to pick up. but i did a great job last week. i hope you don't have too much work to get the yard back into shape. i guess it is great exercise. i guess the storm could have been so so much more worse. but it was pretty rough at your place & mine. have a lovely week, Pamela. big big hugs. ( :

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  12. It is quite unusual to get a storm so severe this early in the season, I sure hope that's not the tale for the rest of the summer!!

    It sure looks like it was a wild one!!! Glad it's over for everyone, well, except the power being back on for some!

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  13. We never really understand the forces of Nature until we live through a violent storm. As a kid the wind scared me; even now I don't like wind. I cannot imagine hurricane force winds that last for hours. I am glad that you only have minor clean up.

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  14. Praising God for His protection from that mean old Arthur. Never thought that he'd amount to much, but he sure caused enough damage and trouble. Folks will be cleaning up for quite a while. Thanks for the warning about the Manitoba Maples.

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  15. It's great that you are all safe!! No one was hurt. Yes we have fast growing maple as WELL.

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  16. Hi Pamela,
    It was a terrible storm, wasn't it! Fredericton and the Island both got 106 km. winds. Our rain amounted to only something like 2mm. We didn't lose our power thank goodness! Most of our poles and wires are fairly new so I think that helped a bit. One of our big pine trees received a broken branch. The tree was planted when we bought our home and it is my youngest son's tree that he got on Arber Day in Grade one. We had planted it at my parents' home until we bought our own home then we transplanted it here. My son now lives in the states but he has watched it grow into a very big tree. Lots of leaves around but no damage to our property. I'm glad that is behind us. You know storms never bothered me a whole lot until we had that tornado back in 1974 and I've been nervous ever since. Glad you and your family are safe.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  17. Terrifying what a day of horrific weather can do..............so happy you are safe and with minimal damage -
    Now if I were you I'd practice my Dominoes Pamela - you have to win next time !!!
    XOX

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  18. Pamela I was thinking of you guys and Faye being in NB in the middle of the storm . I am glad all are ok though WOW ! Lots of damage I do hope all comes together well for all ! Nice photos . Thanks for sharing and thank the man upstairs all are ok ! Have a good day !

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  19. Wow...so glad you are safe and sound but really sorry you were hit so hard! We had nothing like that here in NC...I don't think the coastline even got that awful much. Seeing all of those beautiful maples on the ground was a sad sight...the same thing happens here with Bradford Pear trees...and of course, there are many tall evergreens everywhere and they are first to go especially when we have ice storms.

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  20. Arthur came as a complete surprise to me. He was a little early for Hurricane Season, don't you think? We were very lucky here in Massachusetts. We got a day of rain but the high winds didn't touch us here inland. Glad to hear you had minimal damage, but it's always sad to see a blown over tree.

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  21. My goodness I'm glad you are ok. That was quite the storm. Our pine trees fall over easily here like your maples. It's always sad to see a tree fall.

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  22. Thank you for the first hand report from NB. I'm glad you are all okay. We rarely have winds that pull over trees here, but then I don't know if we have any Manitoba Maples in the area. Playing Mexican Train with your husband sounds like a good way to put in the evening.

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  23. Sounds like quite the storm! Losing all those trees can really change the look of the neighbourhood.

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  24. I am so sorry to hear about the amount of damage that was done in your area and in the wider area as well. Glad to know though that you are safe and well and not too weather beaten, good too that your power is back on. It is a wonderful thing electricity! I hope that you can get the tree debris and so on dealt with fairly quickly and easily. xx

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  25. I'm glad you go no real damage out of that storm. That's a lot of water!

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  26. I Love Mexican Train Dominoes! I do hope you continue to stay safe!

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  27. Dear Pam,
    I learned by Mr. Paul that you are a Mothette too, so of course I was curious and wanted to make your acquaintance (as with Cindy and Kim). The hurricane you describe is intimidating - here in Germany we have sometimes heavy storms (then the popplars are the first trees to come down), but seldom hurricanes - though the weather has changed very much over the years. I'll follow you - maybe you like my blogs too.

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  28. It sounds like you were prepared! Glad your damage wasn't any worse. I didn't know that about Manitoba Maples. I bet the neighbors don't plant those again!

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  29. My goodness, Pamela, what a storm you had. And all of those trees down...
    Lucky that Murray bought the generator. We left ours with our last property,
    but this reminds me we had better purchase another one!
    I'm glad you came through it all safe and sound.

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  30. I'm glad you are OK, Pam, and that you survived living off the grid. We have Manitoba maples all over our neighbourhood. They really are fragile trees in heavy wind.

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  31. That was quite the storm that blew through your area. Sad about the Manitoba Maples getting blown down. Good to hear you were prepared with back up power and water. My good friend was leaving Ontario to visit her family in Nova Scotia last Sunday, sure hope she got through okay.

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