East Coast Marine Interests Bracing For Hurricane Earl

Marine interests in Atlantic Canada are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Earl, expected early Saturday morning. “People are pulling boats out of the water,” said Atlantic Marine Trades Association Executive Director, Hannah Munday, earlier this week. “A lot of people still remember Hurricane Juan.”

As of 11 am Friday, the Canadian Hurricane Centre had issued a hurricane watch for Nova Scotia, from Ecum Secum westward to Digby, while tropical storm warnings were in effect for the Nova Scotia coast from Fort Lawrence to Ecum Secum and from Tidnish to Linsmore, the New Brunswick coast from the US border to Fort Lawrence, Prince Edward Island, and the Magdalen Islands.

The Category One storm is expected to track northeast along Nova Scotia's Fundy coast before crossing Prince Edward Island, packing winds of 140 km/hr, or about 85 mph. Hurricane force winds extend for up to 110 km outward from the centre, with tropical storm-force winds reported to extend as far as 205 km outwards from the eye. A special weather watch issued by Environment Canada warns of wave heights to 12 metres for southern Nova Scotia's Lurcher / Brown's Bank region.

Hurrican Juan, a category two storm with 150 km/hr winds that struck Atlantic Canada in September 2003, did extensive damage to boats and marina facilities. Described as the worst storm to hit Halifax since 1893, Juan killed eight people and caused more than $300 million in damage. In consideration, its name was retired in 2004 and will never again be used for an Atlantic hurricane.