1950-Able

† (2 Canadian fatalities)

Legend of sources

Hurricane Able--the first Atlantic tropical cyclone in the era of “named storms”--made landfall on the morning of August 21 just west of Halifax, Nova Scotia, as a tropical storm with winds of 65 km/h. Able also made landfall over Newfoundland as a tropical depression with winds of 55 km/h on August 22.

Hurricane Able was discovered just east of the Lesser Antilles on August 12, 1950. Able grew to a category four hurricane with winds of 222 km/h. When Able entered the CHC Response Zone on August 20, it was still a category three hurricane with 195 km/h winds, but it weakened quickly. It entered Canadian waters as a marginal category one hurricane shortly after midnight on the morning of the 21, and made landfall just west of Halifax, Nova Scotia, later that morning as a tropical storm. High winds were reported from portions of the Maritimes as Able underwent extratropical transition and the official maximum wind strength is lower than many of the individual reports. In addition, heavy rain fell throughout Nova Scotia. Flooding, power outages, and damage to the apple crops were reported in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Roads and bridges were also washed away. Two children died when their raft was overturned. Able dissipated on August 22.

  • Caused flooding throughout Nova Scotia (CDD)

Nova Scotia

August 22, 1950

  • Winds of 160 km/h were recorded in Halifax (TJ)
  • In Debert, 81 mm of rain fell (TJ)
  • More than 125 mm of rain fell in the Annapolis Valley (HH)
  • One boat was carried out to sea and many others were smashed against the shore in Canada Creek (HH)
  • The heaviest damage, $500,000 worth occurred in the Annapolis Valley (TJ)
  • Minor damage was reported (flooding, broken tree limbs, power outages) (TJ)
  • The province’s damage costs estimated at over $1 million (HH)
  • The main bridge on the Parrsboro-Truro highway was washed out (HH)

August 23, 1950

  • 50 mm or more, of rain fell in Amherst (TJ)
  • Residents of Bass River became stranded when the bridge was washed away (HH)
  • Traffic on the Springhill-Truro and Oxford-Truro was halted due to washouts (HH)

August 24, 1950

  • Two children died when their raft overturned and they drowned (HH)
  • Clam Point had winds of 105 km/h, large trees were uprooted, electrical power was lost all morning, and roofs were torn off barns (HH)
  • A large barn in Meteghan had one side of it torn off during the heavy gale (HH)

New Brunswick

August 22, 1950

  • Saint John had 108 mm of rain (TJ)

PrinceEdward Island

August 22, 1950

  • Estimated to be three to four days before every home in the province would have their power restored (G)
  • Many main streets in Charlottetown and throughout the province were flooded and impassable (G)