2004-Nicole

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Subtropical Storm Nicole formed on October 10th, 2004 south of Bermuda. The system did not develop into an intense tropical storm and contained a maximum wind of 83 km/h (45 knots). Nicole moved northward over the Atlantic Ocean and entered the Canadian Response Zone on October 11th. However, the storm quickly became absorbed by a low-pressure system that was already over the Atlantic region. These systems combined to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the Atlantic Provinces causing power outages and school closures. The CHC issued 7 Hurricane Information Statements.

  • All four Atlantic provinces experienced winds of 90 km/h with gusts reaching 100 km/h (TTWS04)
  • Cape Breton experienced southwest winds as high as 130 km/h (TTWS04)
  • Parts of Nova Scotia received as much as 40-60 mm of rain (TTWS04)
Rainfall image map of Subtropical Storm Nicole, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on October 11, 2004. However, the storm quickly became absorbed by a low-pressure system that was already over the Atlantic region, causing only minimal rain, but high winds in the Atlantic Provinces. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 61 millimetres in Quebec, 76 millimetres in New Brunswick, 80.5 millimetres in Prince Edward Island, 129 millimetres in Nova Scotia and 71.8 millimetres in Newfoundland
Rainfall image map of Subtropical Storm Nicole, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on October 11, 2004. However, the storm quickly became absorbed by a low-pressure system that was already over the Atlantic region, causing only minimal rain, but high winds in the Atlantic Provinces. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 61 millimetres in Quebec, 76 millimetres in New Brunswick, 80.5 millimetres in Prince Edward Island, 129 millimetres in Nova Scotia and 71.8 millimetres in Newfoundland


Prince Edward Island

October 12, 2004

  • Confederation Bridge restricted high-sided and trailer towing vehicles from crossing the strait due to high winds (G)
  • Maritime Electric estimated that 5,300 customers were without power as Tropical Storm Nicole caused havoc with the main transmission line between Milton and Blue Shank Rd. (G)
  • Maritime Electric’s Hunter River, Rattenbury Rd., and West Royalty substations where affected by the storm (G)
  • Power lines in the Stratford area and the transmission line from Dunstaffnage to Bedford were also affected by the storm (G)

Nova Scotia

October 12, 2004

  • Tree branches knocked power lines down in the Oxford St. and LeMarchant St. area creating power outages in the south end of Halifax (HDN)
  • Halifax Regional Police reported minor traffic problems due to heavy rains (HDN)
  • Annapolis Valley reported that high winds uprooted trees and ripped down power lines in the area (HDN)
  • Several schools in the Annapolis Valley area were closed (CBC)
  • Near Ingonish, a section of the Cabot Trail was closed due to flooding (CBC)
  • Three hundreds and fifty people were stranded at the Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal in North Sydney due to cancellation of ferry service (CTV)

New Brunswick

October 12, 2004

  • New Brunswick Power reported that approximately 6,000 customers were without power (CBC)