Bill packs more bark than bite

Huge waves crash ashore at Peggys Cove, NS

Huge waves crash ashore at Peggys Cove, NS

Hurricane Bill had little impact on New Brunswick yesterday as it moved along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

In Greater Moncton, 32.4 mm of rain was recorded and winds gusted (for a brief time) up to 55 km/h.  A bigger single rain event actually occurred in July.

Thousands did lose power in Nova Scotia where the winds created huge waves along the Atlantic coast and gusts up to 87 km/h in Halifax uprooting trees and downing power lines.  About 60 mm of rain fell near the coast causing localized flooding.

Three men also got swept out to sea at Peggys Cove  but managed to make it back to shore safely.

Bill was downgraded to a tropical storm today as it brushed Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula before moving out to sea.