Monday, August 24, 2009

Bill blows into N.S.

On Sunday, Hurricane Bill brought high winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf to Nova Scotia as it blew into the region in the morning.

Weather conditions deteriorated by the hour, prompting the Canadian Hurricane Centre to urge everyone to stay away from the Atlantic coastline because of the dangerous waves.

"This is not something to be taken lightly," said Peter Bowyer, the centre's program manager.

But many people didn't heed that call. The RCMP said three young men were standing on the rocks at picturesque Peggys Cove just before 6 p.m. when they were swamped by a wave. They managed to avoid being swept away.

The RCMP closed off the highway into Peggys Cove, as well as the road near Lawrencetown Beach, east of Dartmouth, and Cow Bay Road near the causeway.

Hurricane Bill dumped buckets of rain as its centre travelled south of the province. Yarmouth got 65.2 millimetres of rain, while the Halifax area received about 55 mm, the hurricane centre said.

Police said several cars had gone off the road because of heavy rains and flooding in the Halifax area. Drivers were urged to stay off Highway 101.

The Hurricane Centre said Yarmouth and Lunenburg reported winds of 80 km/h, while Baccaro Point reached 85 km/h. The highest recorded wind in the Halifax region was 87 km/h.

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