Hurricane Fiona made a whirlwind visit to the Maritimes on the weekend, and has certainly left an impression wherever she visited. Here in Amherst, N.S. we got off rather lucky, our area of town in particular.
We lost power during the night as the storm raged; the winds were wicked. Before stepping outside to assess damage in the morning, we were greeted with this odd view from a kitchen window. There were leaves covering everything!
Even the house was plastered!
There were several large trees down on our street, including this one which fell across the road.
We spent the day getting the new invertor generator connected to the essentials in the house. I am happy to say it worked wonderfully, and by the end of the day - miraculously! - Nova Scotia Power had our electricity restored. Yay! It took another day to get internet but we are far from complaining, as most of our town and province are still without power, and will be for several days yet.
Yesterday we took a drive along the Parrsboro shore, all the way to Truro. The damage is widespread, with many trees on power lines, roof shingles and siding missing, and some sheds overturned. This scene in Great Village, of the former United Church, is particularly sad.
This huge picturesque church stands at the centre of the village. We understand that crews are working now to safely remove the steeple.
The closer we got to Truro, the more pronounced the damage. Many streets were blocked by trees. (This is Smith Avenue).
If you look closely at the below Victoria Street scene, you can just make out a car buried under this tree.
Back in Amherst, the damage to large, older trees is significant.
We understand power crews from New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, and Maine are helping with the restoration of power to our province. Warming stations have opened up in most communities to offer hot tea and a place to charge devices. We witnessed long, long line-ups at the few gas stations that are open. This picture was taken this morning.
We feel so very blessed to have not suffered any damage from the storm, and our fingers are crossed that "normal" will be restored quickly.