Hurricane mild in most of Cumberland County

Staff ~ The Amherst Citizen
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AMHERST - Residents in Cumberland County were unscathed as Hurricane Bill made his trek through Nova Scotia on Sunday.
Jim Hannon, the EMO co-ordinator for Cumberland County, said the county was very lucky to escape the wrath of Hurricane Bill, yet everyone was at the ready.
"We activated our Emergency Measures centre at the E.D. Fullerton Building at 6 a.m. and we've been watching Hurricane Bill and passing along information to residents," Hannon said just before supper on Sunday.
"There was very little disturbance in Cumberland County, aside from a couple of power outages in Pugwash and Parrsboro areas."
The outages, according to Hannon, lasted between 45 minutes to 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 out to sea.
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 gusts of wind as high as 140 km/h. Over the course of a few days, Hurricane 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."
While residents in Amherst weren't hit with much unusual weather, winds along the shore and across the Northumberland Strait were strong.
Four young men staying at a cottage on Heather Beach over the weekend took advantage of the high winds - Nick Greeno, James and Patrick Thurston, and Aaron Purdy were found catching the water's waves with their bogey boards.
At times, the heads of the four men were barely visible between waves as they waited for the perfect wave to carry them to shore before treading out and doing it all over again.

Organizations: E.D. Fullerton Building, Nova Scotia Power, Environment Canada Department of Transportation RCMP

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

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