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.