Wild wind in late winter storm knocked out power to thousands in southwestern N.S.

Published on March 15, 2017

"Apparently that loud bang wasn't thunder," wrote Tusket, Yarmouth County resident Keith Doucet when he posted this from his house on social media Tuesday evening, March 14.


YARMOUTH, N.S. – By late afternoon Tuesday, March 14, it was the snow and freezing rain that people were talking about. But come evening it was the rain, and most specifically the wind, that was capturing people’s attention as a late winter storm passed through.

The strong winds led to many power outages in southwestern Nova Scotia, with some parts of the region losing power for a few hours, and some places still without power come Wednesday morning.

The Nova Scotia Power outage map listed multiple outages throughout Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, blaming high winds for the outages. More than 100 crews worked throughout the province restoring power to residents.

At around 11 a.m. on March 15 Nova Scotia Power said there were still 156 active outages in the province affected just under 3,000 customers. By closer to 1 p.m. the number of active outages was 129 with 633 affected customers.

Earlier in the morning on Wednesday, however, Nova Scotia Power tweeted that it had restored power to more than 56,000 customers who had seen their power knocked out.

Nova Scotia Power described winds in western Nova Scotia as “significant” in one of its tweets as the storm moved its way across the province.

Nova Scotia Power tweets on March 15 after a March 14 storm with high winds knocked out power to many.

In many parts of the province wind gusts topping 100 kilometres an hour were recorded.

In the March 14 hourly recaps at the Environment Canada weather station at the Yarmouth Airport, a wind gust of 103 kilometres/hour was recorded at 9 p.m. with strong gusts of 87 km/h the previous hour and 94 km/h the following hour. At those times sustained winds were in the range of 59 to 62 kilometres an hour.


The residents of this Yarmouth County home on the Mood Road were lucky that a downed tree missed the vehicles parked in the driveway as high winds caused havoc in a storm that started making its way across the province on March 14.


The Environment Canada station at Bacarro Point in Shelburne County listed a wind gust of 105 km/h at 9 p.m. with wind gusts in the 91-93 km/h range the previous three hours. Sustained winds from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ranged from 72 to 86 km/h.

The Environment Canada weather station in Brier Island, Digby County, recorded its strongest wind gust of 107 km/h at 10 p.m. and sustained winds of 86 km/h at that time; with wind gusts of 87 km/h the hour before and 90 km/h the hour afterwards.

On social media as the storm was passing through Tuesday evening people outlined damage such as downed trees, broken tree limbs, shingles being blown off roofs and in a few cases, sheds that were no match for the high winds. There were also reports of downed power wires.

Some people expressed amazement that didn’t lose power. Wrote one person on the Yarmouth Vanguard’s Facebook page, “Unbelievably no loss of power as it sounded like a freight train going through the back yard earlier this evening.”