It was like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie yesterday for Nova Scotians. The evening of Sunday, July 21, a massive storm struck the province and caused power outages for thousands of residents. Warnings were issued throughout the day and when the Nova Scotia storm finally came and went, it left a bit of a mess. Nova Scotia Power reported that there were up to 44,256 customers without electricity at one point.
The storm was a short one, but packed a powerful punch. In Halifax, a lightning strike at Nova Scotia Power's Lakeside substation caused total outages in Clayton Park West and Kearney Lake. The fire from the lighting strike had to be put out before crews could safely work on repairs.
The fire has been put out at our Lakeside substation. Crews can now work safely on repairing and replacing damaged… https://t.co/CqMVghUtc9— Nova Scotia Power (@Nova Scotia Power) 1563753907.0
Nova Scotia Power also had to bring in more workers from the whole province to get the electricity up and running again for the thousands of affected people in Halifax.
The effects of the storm were not pretty. On top of the damages from lightning, power lines in Halifax were damaged from the many trees that were knocked down during the short and intense storm.
Brett Sanford, who lives on Adelaide Avenue in Halifax, told CBC, "It felt as if a hurricane suddenly dropped in and said hello for five or 10 minutes. It basically looked like something from Florida."
Residents took to Twitter, posting pictures and videos of the storm and its reckoning.
Local damage - tree on car & house #halifax #storm https://t.co/JQHHVNRi59— Rob Thacker (@Rob Thacker) 1563742384.0
Wee bit of rain sure made getting out of Bayer’s Lake interesting this afternoon. Crazy storm then back to blue sky… https://t.co/bUYMfjnbCX— Kim Campbell (@Kim Campbell) 1563746617.0
@MeteoAntoine @weathernetwork Wild night last night when that Severe Thunderstorm rolled into Halifax. #NSwx… https://t.co/JW1wQIWiXb— 🇨🇦🇬🇧HaligonianCanuck (@🇨🇦🇬🇧HaligonianCanuck) 1563774949.0
From our Instagram: "From Julia Marie in our DM's: Tufts Cove hit by lightning. This may explain the power outages… https://t.co/JbTrFqKcLa— Halifax News & Info (@Halifax News & Info) 1563741959.0
Beautiful in the storm. From @sam.mac.photos Anyone else love a good thunderstorm? Growing up we used to sit on… https://t.co/7TVwn23C0A— Halifax News & Info (@Halifax News & Info) 1563759816.0
Others posted about the very real consequences of going without power. Are we ready to store food properly in the event of an actual and prolonged disaster? Have we surrounded ourselves with the right people who will ensure our survival? And guys, what will we do to entertain ourselves during the apocalypse?
Of all the times to *not* have ice cream in the freezer that we *have* to eat so it doesn’t get ruined. Yeesh! I wo… https://t.co/eZyo1dSfFB— Peady✨#wysiwyg (she/her) (@Peady✨#wysiwyg (she/her)) 1563751971.0
UGH, I want to watch Big Little Lies, Euphoria, and The Handmaid’s Tale, but I don’t have power! #NSStorm https://t.co/4P6omzk0Ni— Rebecca Walsh (@Rebecca Walsh) 1563757699.0
I apparently have an incredible need to have electricity in my life. You don't know how much you love it until you don't have it. #NSStorm— Jen LaPlante (@Jen LaPlante) 1563747754.0
Welp. Where in downtown #Halifax is there power? Doesn't look like mine is coming back anytime soon and I'm starving. #nsstorm— Robin Ess (@Robin Ess) 1563744950.0
Planning on finishing up some grant reports tonight. No power, no fans, laptop dead so no work for me. Instead hang… https://t.co/X7RU0b5Jxw— Shaleen “More feminism, less bullshit” Jones (@Shaleen “More feminism, less bullshit” Jones) 1563755701.0
I've never wanted to be able to put my fan on so much. Here's hoping the power comes back soon! #NSStorm— A2A (@A2A) 1563748202.0
There was also someone barbequing during the storm, because why not? It's still summer.
thunder storm barbecue is the best barbeque https://t.co/wTCYIzSJOG— David Johnston (@David Johnston) 1563747441.0
Things are mostly back to normal for Halifax and the rest of the province. Electricity was restored to most places by 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 after the storm.
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