Bill was a bust

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Bill was a bust

TRURO - Robert Pooley spoke for lots of Colchester County residents Sunday afternoon while walking down Prince Street.

"I thought it was going to be a whole lot worse," the wet Truro resident said referring to hurricane Bill.

Colchester County was downgraded to a tropical storm watch by late Sunday afternoon after getting about 50 mm of rain. The storm was expected to unleash 100 mm of rain and winds of up to 120km/h on the area.

Peter Bowyer, program supervisor for the Canadian Hurricane Centre, said although the storm was what the centre expected in terms of its track and intensity, rainfall amounts were cut to half.

"Sometimes what we see when a storm moves into these latitudes is the back half of the storm's heavy cloud literally vanishes," he said. "Fortunately western Nova Scotia only received 60 mm so I'm glad it wasn't twice that."

The storm's eye didn't make landfall, missing Halifax by 55-60 km. as it worked its way along the southern coast of Cape Breton. It came as close as 20 km to shore there before moving on to Newfoundland this morning.

Pooley said he was happy about that.

"I heard a lot about Juan and I'm glad it wasn't like that."

Approximately 5,500 NS Power customers lost electricity in the Truro area around 3:30 p.m., joining about 34,000 others in the dark across the province, said a NSP spokesperson.

But both the Truro police and Colchester RCMP reported nothing out of the ordinary as a result of the storm.

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County, Prince Street Nova Scotia Cape Breton Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Ron
    January 18, 2010 - 09:59

    Bill - no Juan came!

  • Brian
    January 18, 2010 - 09:56

    the colchester county weather forecast was NEVER 120 km/hr. The highest they forecasted for our area was 80KM/Hr. The rainfall amnount were forecast at 50 - 100 mm and we got 50. Why exactly is it so odd that it was not worse than this? Southern parts of NS were forecast to get hit harder and they did. This whole Bill thing has been 1 irresponsible media report after another. It was hyped to be a sensational event, then when it didn't get as bad it is being played as a disappointment. I gotta wonder about the media sometimes

  • Tracy
    January 18, 2010 - 09:50

    like everything else with the Truro Daily News.... spelling mistakes, improper use of words, names of people attached to the wrong picture, inaccurate reporting... you take with a grain of salt and hope for the best. Personally when it comes to be weather - I'd rather be over prepared and not need it.... than to need it and not be prepared.

  • Happy
    January 18, 2010 - 09:47

    Gee!!! can't we just be so glad that we did not get the high winds. Our homes were still standing with the roofs still on.We sure are hard to please.Come on people be happy and thank the good lord.

  • John
    January 18, 2010 - 09:45

    The Weather Service and media usually report the worst case scenario because that is the only way to get some folks attention. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best is the best policy and the only way to dent some thick skulls is to tell them to prepare for the worst . Good job.

  • Flogger
    January 18, 2010 - 09:43

    Typical media sensationalism at it's best. Watching Colleen Jones at CBC picking up rocks off a boardwalk in HRM and telling us how serious the storm was, is just laughable. Why do you clowns in the media always try to create news, instead of just reporting it?

  • jo
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    just goes to show you can't believe everything you read in the truro daily news!