1969-Gerda

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Hurricane Gerda made landfall near St. Stephen, New Brunswick and then moved north to make landfall again over northern Quebec early on September 10. At this time, winds of 175 km/h accompanied this category two hurricane. Gerda eventually hit Labrador later that day as a weaker category one hurricane with winds of 130 km/h. Gerda has been the only hurricane of any strength to hit Labrador during the period of 1901-2000.

Rainfall image map of Hurricane Gerda, which moved over the extreme western portions of the Bay of Fundy waters on September 9, 1969 before making landfall in New Brunswick just before dawn near St. Stephen, New Brunswick and then moving north to make landfall again over northern Quebec early on September 10, 1969. Gerda eventually hit Labrador later that day and left the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 12, 1969. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 101.5 millimetres in Quebec (Gaspé Peninsula), 99.5 millimetres in New Brunswick, 61 millimetres in Nova Scotia and 49.5 millimetres in Labrador
Rainfall image map of Hurricane Gerda, which moved over the extreme western portions of the Bay of Fundy waters on September 9, 1969 before making landfall in New Brunswick just before dawn near St. Stephen, New Brunswick and then moving north to make landfall again over northern Quebec early on September 10, 1969. Gerda eventually hit Labrador later that day and left the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 12, 1969. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 101.5 millimetres in Quebec (Gaspé Peninsula), 99.5 millimetres in New Brunswick, 61 millimetres in Nova Scotia and 49.5 millimetres in Labrador

Hurricane Gerda was formed near the Bahamas on September 6, 1969. Gerda’s maximum winds were 204 km/h. Gerda moved along the United States' eastern seaboard and then turned nearly due north. Gerda moved over the extreme western portions of the Bay of Fundy waters on September 9 as a category three hurricane before making landfall in New Brunswick just before dawn as a strong category two hurricane. Winds of 133 km/h were recorded in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and crop, tree and structural damage was reported in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Gerda left the CHC Response Zone on September 12 in the vicinity of Labrador.

Hurricane Gerda started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone right along the east coast with 64 knot winds. The storm tracked northeast through the Bay of Fundy and made landfall near Saint John with 64 knot winds. It tracked through New Brunswick and north into the Gulf of St. Lawrence before making landfall in eastern Quebec before dissipating over Labrador with 34 knot winds. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 95 knots, with an mslp of 979 millibar
Hurricane Gerda started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone right along the east coast with 64 knot winds. The storm tracked northeast through the Bay of Fundy and made landfall near Saint John with 64 knot winds. It tracked through New Brunswick and north into the Gulf of St. Lawrence before making landfall in eastern Quebec before dissipating over Labrador with 34 knot winds. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 95 knots, with an mslp of 979 millibar

Nova Scotia

September 10, 1969

  • 133 km/h winds in Yarmouth (HH)
  • Tore shingles from roofs and blew down trees in the province (HH)
  • Power outages in Yarmouth, Halifax, and Digby (HH)
  • The Bluenose ferry trip from Yarmouth to Bar Harbour, Maine was cancelled (HH)
  • $3.6 million worth of apples destroyed in the Annapolis Valley (HH)
  • Five incoming and outgoing flights cancelled at the Halifax International Airport (HH)

September 11, 1969

  • Kept most boats ashore in the 20 International Tuna Cup Match in Yarmouth (HH)

New Brunswick

September 10, 1969

  • 74–92 km/h winds in the province (TJ)
  • Phone lines down from Saint John to Mace’s Bay (TJ)
  • Power outages on Campobello Island and Saint John area (TJ)
  • Winds blew over trees, blew down a shed, and wrecked some farm equipment in Seal Cove (TJ)
  • Damage was minimal (TJ)
  • Plate glass window broken at the front of the Simpsons-Sears Store on Lansdowne Avenue in Saint John (TJ)
  • A man beached his sail boat on the rock near Island View Park (TJ)