Earlier this week, Hurricane Earl wreaked havoc across the Bahamas and eastern Caribbean where heavy rain and powerful winds brought down trees, damaged homes and snapped power lines.
Canadian authorities said Earl made landfall near the boundary between Shelburne and Queens counties at about 10:30. Power outages are reported all around Nova Scotia, from the southwest tip to Cape Breton.
Roads throughout Nova Scotia, including in the main city of Halifax, are littered with fallen trees. The highest winds recorded in Nova Scotia were gusts of 135 km/h. Gusts greater than 120 km/h are considered hurricane strength. In New Brunswick, Saint John was hit with sporadic rain and wind early Saturday, but the province was largely spared.
Earl isn't quite done yet. There is a tropical storm warning for the entire western coast of Newfoundland. And a wind warning remains in place for Port Saunders and the straits at Newfoundland's northwest tip. The tail-end of Hurricane Earl, now being referred to as a "post tropical storm" packing winds of about 90 kilometers an hour, is reported to have downed power lines and trees in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Canadian Hurricane Center has discontinued the tropical storm warning for the Magdalen Islands, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. A tropical storm warning is still in effect, just in case, for Newfoundland from Stones Cove to Boat Harbour.
Originally hurricane warnings were issued for most of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts.
Residents living on islands off North Carolina had already evacuated their homes as President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency. The effects of Hurricane Earl were also felt in southeastern Virginia with rain bands stretching about 140 miles inland in North Carolina and up to the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Hundreds of people along the North Carolina coast lost power because of the storm. At its peak, Earl ranked as a Category 4 storm and it was feared it could cause storm surges and localized flooding.
Note: Weather forecasters say there's a fair chance another storm, called 'Gaston,' will re-form into a tropical storm by this Monday. Currently the Gaston storm system is centered over the mid-Atlantic and headed west toward the Caribbean.