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† (2 Canadian fatalities)

Legend of sources

NN-3 originated on October 3, 1953, near the Greater Antilles. NN-3 reached tropical storm status and contained maximum winds of 111 km/h. Upon entering the CHC Response Zone, the storm was at its maximum strength and eventually made landfall in Nova Scotia in the early morning of October 8 as a strong tropical storm with winds of 111 km/h. One Nova Scotia man was found dead and another went missing after their ship was found battered and washed ashore. In Newfoundland, many roads were washed away or damaged.


October 8, 1953

  • In Victoria Park, St. John’s, grounds were flooded after Wednesday’s rain and left the park in a mess. Cans, wood, oil barrels and rails were strewn about the park. Ditches and drains were created from the force of the water (ET)
  • Rain flowing from the heights above the park brought debris and clogged the entrance to the dam of the swimming pool. It then went down the left side of the park and out through Bennett Lane, carrying topsoil to Water Street in St. John’s (ET)
  • Holes and ditches were made in Bennett’s Lane due to the force of the water (ET)
  • Traffic was blocked and Bennett’s Lane was closed in St. John’s (ET)
  • The flow of water brought topsoil and gravel to some residents doors on Southside Road, St. John’s (ET)

October 10, 1953

  • The rain extensively scoured all main, secondary, and local roads on the Avalon (ET)
  • Most of the damage occurred in the Conception Bay area (ET)
  • On Saddle Hill in Carbonear, the pavement was washed out for 61m (ET)
  • In Red Head Cove, 245 m of road were washed out (ET)
  • Northern Bay had 18 m of road washed out (ET)
  • Spout Cove had 21 m of road washed out (ET)
  • At Flatrock, Carbonear, a secondary road was badly washed out and the abutments of a bridge were carried away (ET)
  • On the Hearts Content-Victoria Road there was another washout (ET)
  • Calvert and Mobile Hills were badly rutted on the southern shore (ET)
  • Another washout occurred at Rattle Brook near Boat Harbour on the Marystown Road (ET)

Nova Scotia

October 10, 1953

  • A Broad Cove fisherman’s body was found washed up on shore in the harbour close to his battered 7.3 m fishing vessel. He was sailing from Cheticamp to Broad Cove. His companion has not been found and the search was still taking place (HH)
  • The storm lashed the west coast of Cape Breton for most of the week (HH)
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