You call that a hurricane?

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You call that a hurricane?

UPPER?NAPPAN - Residents in Cumberland County were mostly unscathed as Hurricane Bill made his trek past Nova Scotia Sunday.
Jim Hannon, the Emergency Measures Organization co-ordinator for the area, said the county was very lucky to escape the wrath of Hurricane Bill.
"There was very little disturbance in Cumberland County, aside from a couple of power outages in Pugwash and Parrsboro areas," Hannon said.
The outages, according to Hannon, lasted between 45 minutes and an hour.
"Nova Scotia Power crews were right on top of everything," said Hannon.
Hurricane warnings for Cumberland County were lifted by Environment Canada late Sunday afternoon, however several areas of the province remained under warnings as Bill made his way toward Newfoundland.
Showers in the county were expected to end early Sunday evening, and meteorologists were calling for showers this morning.
Emergency crews were ready for the worst when meteorologists were calling for wind gusts of as much as 140 km/h. Over the course of a few days, Bill was downgraded from as high as a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 1.
"Everybody's just been fantastic," said Hannon. "The public paid attention to weather warnings. Department of Transportation had extra dispatchers at the ready, RCMP had back up in place and the Canadian Red Cross was also prepared for emergencies."

-rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Emergency Measures Organization, Nova Scotia Power, Environment Canada Department of Transportation RCMP

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Pugwash Parrsboro Newfoundland

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