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An unnamed tropical cyclone originated east of the Turks and Caicos in the Atlantic Ocean on October 25, 2000, traveled north, and entered the CHC Response Zone on October 28. The storm entered Canadian waters in the early morning hours of October 29, with winds of 102 km/h and then tracked northeast as it underwent transition to become a more fully extratropical storm. By the afternoon, the storm centre was located just south of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where it stalled and remained for more than a day, bringing a prolonged period of northeast winds across the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This turned out to be the most damaging storm of the year for Atlantic Canada. Record storm surge and near-record water levels occurred along eastern New Brunswick and northern Prince Edward Island causing extensive coastal flooding and damage. Fishermen in Prince Edward Island reported this to be the worst storm that they seen in more than 30 years.The end result was extensive and damaging coastal flooding costing in the tens of millions of dollars.

Some CHC meteorological data with this post-tropical storm:

  • Maximum wind speeds reached 72 km/h with a peak (local) wind of 84 km/h over the Cape Breton Highlands
  • The peak speed recorded over land was a gust to 165 km/h at Burgeo, Newfoundland
  • Maximum wave in the Gulf of St. Lawrence were measured near 14 m nearly unprecedented
  • Storm surge of near 1.6 m was reported along the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the southeast coast of New Brunswick
  • Significant rainfalls occurred over Cape Breton with 98.0 mm reported from Sydney and over 160 mm reported from a climate station

Nova Scotia

October 30, 2000

  • Cabot Trail–Sections of the Cabot Trail that run through Neils Harbour, White Point, Ingonish Harbour and Black Brook were closed due to flooding (HH)

October 31, 2000

  • Neils Harbour and New Haven–roads were washed out and a fish plant was damaged by high seas–estimated cost of damage at the Victoria Co-op Fisheries Ltd. was $40,000 (HH)

New Brunswick

October 30, 2000

  • Point-du-Chene–streets were closed because of high winds and storm surge (HH)
  • Miramichi Bay–damage to wharves (HH)
  • 100 km stretch of the New Brunswick coastline lost power–7 000 people effected (HH)

Prince Edward Island

October 30, 2000

  • Peak winds > 100 km/h–North Cape maximum recorded wind of 118 km/h (G)
  • 30–60 mm of rain were recorded in the province (G)
  • High winds and high tides closed bridges, washed out roads and complicated highway travel (G)
  • Fishing boats docked in harbour sustained damage–in Foxley River, boats were swamped forcing them to sink (G)
  • Fallen trees, roofing shingles and eroded sediment was scattered around the province (G)
  • Cascumpec and Oyster Bed Bridges sustained damage (G)
  • Falling trees and branches were responsible for scattered power outages (G)
  • Tory Road Bridge, The Dawson Bridge and the bridge in Springbrook were closed (G)

October 31, 2000

  • At East Point, winds were measured up to 120 km/h and at North Point measured rainfall was 61 mm (G)
  • Waves 11 m high were measured north of Rustico (G)
  • Erosion of the shoreline caused by high winds and waves (G)
  • Erosion caused damage to highways–eight sites in total. These include: areas in West Prince on Route 12 and on side roads off Route 12. On Route 20 in New London, there was several sites damaged as well as on Route 6. There were some other cases of damage in the Souris area (G)
  • Bases of bridges in Cascumpec, Oyster Bed and New London were eroded by wave action–closed at night for safety reasons (G)
  • Jacques Cartier Provincial Park near Alberton, sustained some erosion damage to its camping sites (G)
  • Cedar Dunes Provincial Park in West Point, lost a wheelchair access to the beach (G)
  • Winds in the Stanley Bridge harbour reached 110 km/h during the storm (G)
  • Water levels had risen about 1.5 m (G)

November 2, 2000

  • The storm dumped thousands of pounds of lobsters along the coast of the province–could effect the lobster population because the lobsters were not able to lay their eggs (HH)


October 31, 2000

  • Winds reached 168 km/h in Wreckhouse, 165 km/h in Burgeo, and 141 km/h in Corner Brook (ET)
  • In Rocky Harbour, winds peaked at 115 km/h and signs were damaged in the high winds including one that had to be removed with a boom truck (ET)
  • In Stephenville, a house under construction was blown from its foundation; trees, fences, and buildings were damaged (ET)
  • Corner Brook lost power for several hours when a tree fell across power lines (ET)
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