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1927-1

† (173–192+ Canadian fatalities)

Legend of sources

Storm #1 made landfall late on August 24th as a category two hurricane in Nova Scotia northwest of Yarmouth and crossed the province with winds reaching 166 km/h (90 knots). It then made landfall in eastern Prince Edward Island and Gros Morne, Newfoundland early the next day with the same strength as it had when it first hit Nova Scotia.

Storm #1 originated in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Lesser Antilles on August 19, 1927. The hurricane tracked northwest curving to the northeast near North Carolina and entered the CHC Response Zone on August 24th as a category two hurricane. Storm #1 was a major category three hurricane with maximum winds reaching 195 km/h (105 knots). The storm remained a hurricane as it tracked through the CHC Response Zone with maximum winds of 176 km/h (95 knots) and made landfall in Nova Scotia at 166 km/h (90 knots). The storm exited the CHC Response Zone on August 26th.

New Brunswick reported 6 deaths, Nova Scotia reported 11–15 deaths, and Newfoundland reported 156–171+ deaths. Newfoundland deaths mostly resulted from ships damaged or lost at sea in the storm. In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island damage included power failures, flooding, structural damage, damage to crops, and dozens of sunken vessels.

August 24, 1927

  • The Haligonian was lost at sea with all crew (NSD)

Nova Scotia

August 25, 1927

  • 78 km/h (42 knots) winds in Halifax (TJ)
  • Barometer reading was 976.5 mb (28.8 in) in Halifax (HH)
  • Property damage of thousands of dollars in the province (HH)
  • Vessels sunk along the shores of Nova Scotia (HH)
  • Power outages and telephone services down across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (TJ)
  • Tram service in Halifax was out (HH)
  • Argyle Street in Halifax was closed because the scaffolding was falling from the new Moirs plant (HH)
  • Highways submerged along South Shore (HH)
  • Schooner went ashore on the North Ferry Slip (HH)
  • 21 m (70 ft) tower under construction at Exhibition Park was blown down (HH)
  • Wall being constructed on Sackville Street crashed onto the street below (HH)
  • Ferry service in Halifax harbour stopped for a few hours (HH)
  • Small yacht sank in Halifax (HH)
  • A gigantic electric crane collapsed in Richmond (HH)
  • The grain elevator in the South End of Halifax was damaged (HH)
  • All yachts and small boats drifted loose in the North West Arm that were originally tied up at St. Mary’s Yacht Club (HH)
  • Flooded streets and roads covered in debris across the province (HH)

August 26, 1927

  • Three people drown from Tiverton off Digby (ET)
  • Four died when the schooner Stanley Hubley was wrecked at Gabarus, Cape Breton (ET)
  • Two bodies found close to the destroyed schooner Sligo near Prospect, Halifax County (ET)
  • Four people missing and feared drowned from Nova Scotia (TJ)
  • At least 20 boats sank off Cape Breton (ET)
  • Schooners J.O. Weston and Clementia thrown ashore in Halifax (G)
  • Uprooted trees and broken glass (G)
  • Pier 9–steel crane collapsed (G)
  • Communication with Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland disrupted (G)
  • Over $1 million of damage (ET)
  • Damage to crops and gardens and dozens of small ships destroyed or sunk (ET)
  • 14 motor boats were smashed in Halifax harbour (ET)
  • Six boats destroyed in St. Pierre, France (ET)
  • Large warehouse destroyed in Sydney and thrown 15 m (50 ft) by the wind (TJ)
  • Streets badly damaged in Digby (TJ)
  • In Amherst, a barn blew over killing two valuable horses and injuring a third (TJ)
  • Flooded basements and massive damage to roads throughout the province (TJ)
  • Blew down houses, trees and fences in Springhill (TJ)
  • Annapolis County road damage at $150,000 (HH)
  • Severe damage to orchards in Falmouth (HH)
  • Railways washed out by storm from Bridgewater to Middleton (HH)
  • Dykes in Kentville broken in several places (HH)
  • Parts of the railway from Halifax to Yarmouth washed out (HH)
  • Roof of the boiler house at the Pictou County Power Board’s auxiliary power plants blew off, damage at $500 (HH)
  • Bridges damaged: two in Deep Brook, two in Clemensport, two on the main road between Bridgetown and Annapolis, Bath Bridge on the Bridgetown-Granville road, five on the Bay Shore Rd, two bridges on the Bridgetown-Paradise main trunk road, one bridge on the Annapolis River, one at Smith’s, one at Rice’s Creek, Shaw Bridge in Bear River plus many more (HH)
  • Schooner was driven ashore and badly damaged in Stoney Island, Barrington (HH)
  • $2,500 of damage to three large fishing boats in New Harbour (HH)
  • Tree fell across Water Street in Shelburne blocking traffic (HH)
  • $1,500 of damage to Wolfville streets (HH)

August 27, 1927

  • One man washed overboard on his schooner, the Julie Oppall, near Sable Island (TJ)
  • Two men injured on a boat on Georges Banks (HH)
  • Large schooner destroyed in Upper Prospect (HH)
  • Four large barns blew down in Whycocomagh, killing a horse and several livestock (HH)
  • Barn animals drown in Kentville when their barn flooded and began to float down the water covered dykelands (HH)
  • Two cars damaged in Yarmouth (HH)
  • A bus which was parked on a wharf was washed into the sea in Yarmouth (HH)
  • Yarmouth streets badly damaged, cost $10,000 to repair (HH)
  • $500,000 total damage to roads (HH)
  • $50,000 of rum and whiskey sank with a schooner off Cape Breton (HH)
  • Fisherman rescue an exhausted deer from Yarmouth harbour (HH)

August 29, 1927

  • Body found off Low Point near Sydney harbour (HH)

August 31, 1927

  • 100 mm (4.1 in) of rain fell at the Experimental Station in Kentville (TR)
  • 250,000 barrels or 20% of the apple crop in the Annapolis Valley was lost (TR)
  • Hundreds of acres of vegetables were uprooted and covered in water. Some farmers lost over 50% of their season’s crops (TR)
  • 20 to 25 washouts on the Dominion Atlantic Railway between Kentville and Yarmouth (TR)

New Brunswick

August 25, 1927

  • 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain in Saint John (TJ)
  • Three people injured in car accident when their car tumbled into a culvert that was washed out at Horseman’s Hill (TJ)
  • Power outages and telephone services down across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (TJ)

August 26, 1927

  • 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain in Sussex (TJ)
  • Culverts and bridges at Miller Cove, lower Main Street, Junction Road and Church Street were destroyed in Springhill (TJ)
  • $50,000 of damage in Westmorland County (TJ)

August 27, 1927

  • Six people died when a skiff and its crew were lost (TJ)
  • Railway lines destroyed throughout the province (TJ)
  • $1,000 damage to Chapman Creek railway lines (TJ)
  • Damage to roads, bridges, gardens, boats and crops (hay and grain) across the province (TJ)
  • Boats damaged in many places in New Brunswick (TJ)
  • Considerable damage was done to University of St. Joseph’s College when a dam broke flooded the area and the gymnasium blew over (TJ)

Prince Edward Island

August 26, 1927

  • 50 mm (2 in) of rain fell in Charlottetown and 45 km/h (24 knots) winds were recorded (TJ)
  • Fruit trees and crops extensively damaged in Prince Edward Island (TJ)
  • $1,000 damage to buildings and fences at the Exhibition grounds (G)
  • Minor flooding of roads (G)
  • Charlottetown was littered with debris (G)

Newfoundland

  • The Mystery II sunk at Clattice Harbour. Two men were lost and one man made it to shore (WW)
  • One man washed overboard on the Mary Bernice (WW)

August 27, 1927

  • The schooner Noxall was lost with one crewmember washed overboard (HH)
  • The schooner McLaughlan was lost in Placentia Bay with two crewmembers (HH)
  • One life was lost in Curling when a large wave swept up the Humber River, extensive damage also done (HH)
  • 145 km/h (78 knots) gale of wind in Curling (HH)
  • Damage to circus tents and equipment totalling $500 in Corner Brook (ET)

August 29, 1927

  • 23–28 crewmembers were lost from the schooners Loretta, Vienna, Valena and John C. Loughlin in Placentia Bay (HH)
  • The following schooners were lost with crewmembers: Hilda Gertrude (eight crew) lost off Rushoon; Annie Healey (seven crew) lost in Placentia Bay; Ella or Effie May (six crew) lost in Recontre West; Annie Jean (all crew) lost at Isle Aux Morts ()
  • The schooner Columbia was lost with 18 Canadian crewmembers and 5 American crewmembers (LAS)
  • Seven men missing on a schooner off Merascheen Banks (HH)

September 27, 1927

  • The schooner Clayton Walters was lost with 21–22 crewmembers, the schooner Mahala was lost with 20 crewmembers, the schooner Joyce Smith was lost with 22–24 crewmembers and the schooner Uda R. Corkum was lost off Sable Island with 19 crewmembers (BB)
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