We knew Hurricane Arthur was headed our way, but the forecast called for it to weaken to a post-tropical depression by the time it hit Atlantic Canada. It was supposed to be pretty much a ‘rain event’ here in South-western New Brunswick.
But Arthur hit us with surprising strength – carving a path of toppled trees, broken power poles and washed out roads across areas of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The effects of Arthur quickly faded from the news beyond the locally affected areas within a day. Stonehaven didn’t get back on the grid until nine days after the lights went out on Saturday July 5th.
5 Lessons from Hurricane Arthur
- Don’t underestimate a ‘post-tropical’ storm headed your way
- Plan for 72 hrs without access to services
- The worst time to buy a generator is when you need one
- A Solar/Dynamo powered portable radio is your information lifeline
- Make sure you have a supply of cash on hand
I’m not going to pretend this was a huge event although it did leave it’s mark on the US eastern seaboard before making landfall in Atlantic Canada. In New Brunswick, it was relatively local with the capital city of Fredericton and the surrounding areas up to 70 miles inland suffering the brunt of of the damage and power outages. Although small on a global scale, any event like this has a significant impact at the local level.