Wed, Oct 01, 2003 - Page 7 News List

Hurricane Juan loses steam after wreaking havoc

AP , CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

The downgraded remnants of Hurricane Juan knocked out power and sank boats at a yacht club while blowing across Prince Edward Island before heading out to sea and quickly losing steam.

Hurricane Juan lashed Nova Scotia with 138kph winds on Sunday, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees, knocking out power and killing at least three people before weakening to a tropical storm and heading north to Prince Edward Island.

Late Monday, Juan weakened to a tropical depression and was headed out to sea, where it was expected to dissipate.

John Rossiter, a 31-year-old paramedic, died when a tree fell on an ambulance in Halifax. Two other unidentified people were killed when trees crushed their cars, officials said.

Two fishermen from Caraquet, New Brunswick, disappeared when a boat carrying a load of wood sank off Quebec's Anticosti Island. The boat's captain reached shore safely but there was no sign of the others. They were not listed as dead, however,

On Prince Edward Island, the storm knocked out power and sank boats at the Charlottetown yacht club. Provincial elections, however, went ahead as scheduled. Voters negotiated downed power lines and trees to get to ballot stations, while Premier Pat Binns voted near his home in Murray River by a single light powered by a generator.

More than 100,000 people in Nova Scotia, on Canada's Atlantic coast, were without power Monday, and many said the storm was more powerful than any they could remember.

Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city on Canada's east coast, was hit the hardest. In its downtown, boulders the size of garbage cans were hurled from the water's edge like pebbles. Dead or dying seagulls littered walkways.

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