Hurricane Juan struck the Nova Scotia coastline early in the morning of Monday, September 29. Supposedly a category 1 hurricane, it slammed into the province's capital city of Halifax, causing what experts said amounts to category 2 or 3 hurricane damage. Halifax, known as "the City of Trees", saw tens of thousands of those old trees uprooted and tossed aside. Point Pleasant Park at the mouth of the Halifax Harbour lost an estimated 60% of its trees, approximately 50 to 60 thousand, and the Public Gardens in the heart of the city was devastated. Boats were blown out of the water or sunk and many fishermen and farmers in the surrounding areas saw their livelihoods severely affected by the damage to their equipment and buildings. Hundreds of thousands of residents were without power, some for almost a week and business in the area halted for several days. Schools were closed for a week. From Halifax, the storm tracked inland to Truro and the surrounding area. By the time it reached Prince Edward Island, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm but continued to uproot trees and cut a swath of damage through the province.
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Photos by Mike Gauthier in PEI.
Hurricane Juan - Sept 28/29, 2003
Collection of photos and stories from the aftermath of the hurricane.
Hurricane Juan's Aftermath
Photos from Isaac Grant in PEI.
Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
Describes the impact of Hurricane Juan on woodlands and parks of central Nova Scotia.
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