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.