Noel knocks out power to hundreds

Darrell Cole
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Westchester, Advocate areas the hardest hit

AMHERST - It may be sometime today or tomorrow before power is fully restored to several hundred Cumberland County residents whose homes lost electricity when the remnants of post-tropical storm Noel came through the area early Sunday morning.

"From what I can gather most of the power that was knocked out has come back on but there are some areas around Westchester and Advocate where the lights are still out and may not be back on until late Monday or Tuesday," Cumberland County's EMO co-ordinator Jim Hannon said Sunday.

Cumberland County was relatively unscathed by Noel as it moved across the area overnight Saturday. Doug Mercer from the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax said 49.3 mm of rain was recorded at Nappan with the peak wind speed hitting 76 km/h, or 49 knots, at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Hannon said EMO officials and first responders were prepared for the worst on Saturday and were breathing a sigh of relief when the storm rolled through without living up to their greatest fears.

"We were pleased with how everything went here. There were no major washouts or flooding and we didn't get as much rain or wind as we thought we were going to get," Hannon said.

At its peak there were between 2,000 and 3,000 people without power in the Westchester, Wentworth areas, along the Northumberland Strait, just outside Amherst and along the Fundy shore.

As of last night, people in Wentworth, West Wentworth, Westchester and several communities along the Fundy Shore between Parrsboro and Advocate were without power. Power was restored to several hundred people in the Oxford area at about 9 p.m. Hannon said fire departments in those areas without power have opened up comfort centres.

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Westchester, Cumberland County, AMHERST Wentworth Halifax Parrsboro Oxford

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