Hail in thunderstorm damages homes, gardens along north shore

Brad Works
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AMHERST - A vicious thunderstorm damaged vehicles, gardens and other property as its hail and heavy rain whipped parts of Cumberland County over the long weekend.

AMHERST - A vicious thunderstorm damaged vehicles, gardens and other property as its hail and heavy rain whipped parts of Cumberland County over the long weekend.

"It must have been eight-inches thick on the side of the road," said Fox Harbour Road resident Tracey Pye. "My gardens were flattened ... It peeled the skin off a squash."

Pye and her husband were away when the storm struck their north shore home, discovering the damage as they returned about two hours later.

"I'm glad we weren't home. I would have been terrified," Pye said.

The dime-size hail dented the couple's two cars and destroyed the garden.

"There's nothing left to salvage, just a few cobs of corn," she said. "My flowers look like someone took a weed-wacker to them."

In nearby North Wallace, Sylvia Jamieson said pea-sized hail whipped by high winds bounced off windows at about two in the afternoon.

"Our son, about a mile down the road, had it go through his window screen," Jamieson said.

Officials with Environment Canada said Tuesday, they had not received any reports of the damage, but noted the storm brought plenty of rain with the hail and struck in pockets.

"You could have hail in one area and a mile down the road nothing," said meteorologist Bob Robichaud. "It was a fairly unstable air mass with hail reported in a couple of different places.

"It wasn't large and it was spotty."

He said a cold front moving into the region and a "cut off low" that had being south of the province for about a week, caused the storm.

"We had 45 millimetres of rain in Parrsboro and about 40mm at Nappan," Robichaud said.

He added 24mm of rain was recorded in Debert, while a Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources weather station east of New Glasgow recorded 95mm between 1 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

On Sunday the weather office issued a warning on its website that "severe thunderstorms were imminent or occurring in central and northern parts of the province" and advised that the public "remember some severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes."

The first of the storms hit the Amherst area just before noon.



Organizations: Environment Canada, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County, Fox Harbour Road North Wallace Parrsboro Debert New Glasgow

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