2004-Frances

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Hurricane Frances began on August 25, 2004 in the mid-Atlantic Ocean and intensified into a category-4 hurricane. Frances contained maximum winds reaching 231 km/h and deepened to a central pressure of 93.6 kPa during its maximum strength. Hurricane Frances began tracking northwest, passing over the Bahamas and Florida before beginning to curve northeastward and head towards Canada. Frances entered the Canadian Response Zone on September 9 as a post-tropical cyclone with winds of 28 km/h, however, winds strengthened briefly back to gale force (65 km/h) as it passed over the eastern portion of Lake Ontario. Although the storm centre never actually entered Canadian territory, very heavy rain to the north of the storm caused widespread flooding throughout communities in southeastern Ontario. The nation’s capital received a record 135 mm of rain with the highest amount of 137 mm reported from Kingston. In late 2004, the Insurance Bureau of Canada estimated more than $45 million in Ontario insurance claims had already been submitted. The remnant low continued through eastern Canada delivering 50 to 70 mm north of its track. Localized flooding and road washouts were reported in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. No fatalities were recorded. The CHC issued 6 Hurricane Information Statements.

Rainfall image map of Hurricane Frances, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 9, 2004 passing over the eastern portion of Lake Ontario, but missing most of Ontario and tracking through Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland throughout September 9-10, 2004. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 137 millimetres in Ontario, 126 millimetres in Quebec, 76.5 millimetres in New Brunswick, 27 millimetres in Prince Edward Island and 107 millimetres in Newfoundland
Rainfall image map of Hurricane Frances, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 9, 2004 passing over the eastern portion of Lake Ontario, but missing most of Ontario and tracking through Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland throughout September 9-10, 2004. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 137 millimetres in Ontario, 126 millimetres in Quebec, 76.5 millimetres in New Brunswick, 27 millimetres in Prince Edward Island and 107 millimetres in Newfoundland



Post Tropical Storm Frances started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone heading northeast toward Lake Ontario and turned east-northeast over northern Maine before dissipating. There were no gales associated with the storm. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 30 knots, with an mslp of 1002 millibar
Post Tropical Storm Frances started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone heading northeast toward Lake Ontario and turned east-northeast over northern Maine before dissipating. There were no gales associated with the storm. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 30 knots, with an mslp of 1002 millibar

Environment Canada meteorological data from a special storm summary issued by the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre on September 9, 2004
Local Time
Location
Rainfall Amount
08:00 AM
Bancroft
15.6 mm (0.61 in)
02:00 PM
**Cobourg
82.2 mm (3.23 in)
09:00 PM
Cornwall
82.0 mm (3.22 in)
08:00 AM
Curran
145.0 mm (5.70 in)
08:00 AM
Delhi
26.2 mm (1.03 in)
08:00 AM
Elora
18.2 mm (0.72 in)
08:00 AM
Erieau
15.6 mm (0.61 in)
08:00 AM
Fort Erie
85.0 mm (3.34 in)
10:30 AM
Grimsby
64.3 mm (2.53 in)
02:00 PM
Hamilton
32.0 mm (1.25 in)
08:00 AM
Kaladar
31.4 mm (1.23 in)
02:00 PM
**Kingston
137.0 mm (5.39 in)
02:00 PM
North Gower
85.4 mm (3.36 in)
02:00 PM
Oshawa
51.2 mm (2.01 in)
02:00 PM
**Ottawa
135.4 mm (5.33 in)
02:00 PM
Peterborough
50.2 mm (1.97 in)
08:00 AM
Port Colborne
96.0 mm (3.77 in)
08:00 AM
Stirling
63.2 mm (2.48 in)
02:00 PM
Toronto (Buttonville)
22.2 mm (0.87 in)
02:00 PM
Toronto (Downtown)
29.0 mm (1.14 in)
02:00 PM
Toronto (Island)
32.0 mm (1.26 in)
02:00 PM
Toronto (Pearson)
23.0 mm (0.90 in)
02:00 PM
**Trenton
111.8 mm (4.40 in)
08:00 AM
Vineland (Niagara)
57.4 mm (2.26 in)
02:00 PM
Waterloo
21.0 mm (0.82 in)

Note: ** Represents a new one-day rainfall record.

Quebec

  • L’Assomption received 96 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • Gaspe received 83 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • High Falls received 100 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • Montreal received 67 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • Quebec received 66 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • L’Etape Parc des Laurentides received 81 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • St-Jovite received 99 mm of rain (TTWS04)
  • Shawinigan received 86 mm of rain (TTWS04)

Newfoundland

September 14, 2004

  • Heavy rain was reported along the western coast of Newfoundland (ET)
  • Deer Lake reported 71 mm of rain (ET)
  • Stephenville reported 60 mm of rain (ET)
  • A road way leading to Trout River was closed due to washouts near Feeder Brook (ET)
  • There were reports of water problems on the Trans-Canada Highway near Hampden Brook (ET)
  • In Rocky Harbour, flooding occurred along the north side of the community (ET)
  • Route 340 was flooded in the Deer Arm area (ET)

Quebec

September 10, 2004

  • Montreal received 60 mm of rain during the storm (MG)
  • The Outaouais region of Quebec received approximately 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain (MG)
  • Quebec City and Mauricie regions received between 60 and 75 mm (MG)

September 11, 2004

  • Road sectors in Gatineau were closed as water levels began to rise (HDN)

New Brunswick

September 13, 2004

  • Heavy rain from Hurricane Frances created favorable conditions for mosquito reproduction and many New Brunswick residence have been noticing a higher than normal mosquito population (TJ)

September 15, 2004

  • RCMP were forced to postpone their search for a missing sailor in the waters off Lameque Islands as heavy seas made the conditions unsafe for divers. Only the search delay was a result of the storm as the accident happened prior to the storm (HH)

Ontario

September 15, 2004

  • Downtown Toronto received 30 mm of rain (NP)
  • Person International Airport received less than 20 mm of rain (NP)

September 18, 2004

  • The Insurance Board of Canada estimated that $18 million in damages were caused by the by storm from Kingston to Ottawa (KWS)

September 27, 2004

  • Lake Ontario rose nearly 0.08 m on September 9, 2004 and 0.03 m on September 10, 2004 for a total rise of 0.11 m due to heavy rain from Hurricane Frances (SLRB)

Ottawa Region

September 9, 2004

  • In Ottawa, the roof of an apartment collapsed (CTV)

September 10, 2004

  • Parliament Hill Peace Tower was forced to cancel the scheduled tours of the building due to leaking (SP)
  • The swank restaurant for Members of Parliament (MP’s) and Senators on Parliament Hill reported leaking (SP)
  • The first round of the Canadian Open Golf Tournament was delayed due the high winds and heavy rains (OC)
  • Ottawa Airport received 129 mm of rain breaking their previous record of 80 mm of rain in a single day (OC)
  • Brookside Manor was flooded with nearly 1 m of water in its basement and 75 residences were forced to evacuate (OC)
  • Shirley’s Brook was flooded to nearly 4 times its normal volume (OC)
  • Water was reported to be knee deep on Laperierre and Clyde Ave. (OC)
  • Moodie Dr. was closed and cars were stalled on Fitzgerald Rd. (OC)
  • All sport fields in Ottawa were closed (OC)
  • O-Train was forced to stop service because of track flooding in the Carleton University area and Walkley Rd. (OC)
  • National Capital Commission (NCC) closed the Tockcliffe Parkway between Birch Ave. and the Aviation Parkway (OC)
  • Parliamentary Press Gallery received minor flooding (NP)
  • Ottawa received 135 mm of rain (CBC)
  • Three thousand people in the Gananoque region were placed on a water boil order (CBC)
  • A volunteer weather watcher reported 160 mm of rain on Missippissi Lake, south of Carleton Place (OC)

September 11, 2004

  • Seventeen car accidents were reported by Ottawa Police during the heavy rain (HDN)
  • Ottawa Hydro disconnected power to one region of the city as a safety precaution (HDN)
  • A residence on Nelson St. reported that 0.18 m of water flooded into her basement (OC)

September 16, 2004

  • Heavy rains caused the March Rd. pumping station to be shut down which eventually caused flooding and sewage backups in the Shirley’s Brook neighborhoods of Sandy Hill, South Keys, Meadowlands, St. Claire Gardens, Henson Park, Skyline, Parkwood Hills, Fisher Heights and Rideau Gardens. More than 50 homes were damaged due to the sewage backup (OC)
  • Reports that 120-180 mm of rain fell throughout areas of the city, with an average amount of 142 mm (OC)

Kingston Region

September 9, 2004

  • Two schools were closed in Kingston due to weather conditions (CTV)

September 10, 2004

  • Highway 401 sustained damages due to flooding (CBC)
  • Homes on Princess St. were flooded (KWS)
  • An accident occurred on Bath Rd. in Amherstview which was believed to be weather related (KWS)
  • A Canada Post truck slid off Highway 62 in Prince Edward County (KWS)
  • Flooding occurred in the King St., Ontario St., Queen Mary Rd., and Place d’Armes areas (KWS)
  • Gardiners Rd. was closed to traffic due to extremely high water pools under the train overpass between Bath Rd. and Development Dr.. Two vehicles were stranded in this area (KWS)
  •  Collins Creek overflowed its banks (KWS)
  • A thousand and six hundreds Hydro One customers in Kingston, Napanee, Storrington, Loughborough, Wolfe Island, Ernestown and Howe Island lost power due to trees falling on power lines (KWS)
  • Limestone District School Board closed the following public schools due to power outages: Glenburnie, Land O’Lakes, Clarendon Central, and JR Henderson (KWS)
  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Boards did not close their respective schools but reported that some leaks had occurred (KWS)
  • The downtown Kingston and Frontenac Public Library experienced flooding. Hundreds of books had to be moved and rain was leaking inside the children’s department through a skylight (KWS)

September 11, 2004

  • Winds were gusting to a reported 70 km/h (HDN)
  • The storm brought 37.5 mm of rain within a 12-hour period (HDN)
  • A section of the artery between Montreal Rd. and Highway Exit 15 was reduced to one lane as repairs were needed to the road due to flood damage (HDN)

September 18, 2004

  • Ninety one insurance notices were presented to the City of Kingston (KWS)

September 23, 2004

  • Professional cleanup firms were assisting more than 1000 customers within the city of Kingston (KWS)
  • Kingston’s water supply had to discharge more than 109 million litres of raw sewage and storm water in Lake Ontario and Cataraqui River because the city’s sewer drainage system could not handle the extreme flow of water. The wastewater was re-routed and  bypassed treatment stations (KWS)
  • Pumping stations were also affected  by power outages (KWS)

October 8, 2004

  • Kingston waste officials estimated that the final bill to help homeowners with their clean up during Hurricane Frances will reach $35,000.