Hurricane Dorian Brought A Massive 100 Foot Wave To Canadian Waters

That's as high as a 8-story building!
Hurricane Dorian Brought A Massive 100 Foot Wave To Canadian Waters
Ontario Editor

As Hurricane Dorian hit the Maritimes this weekend, it left quite a mess to clean up. With trees down and power outages all along the coast, residents are still attempting to move forward from the mess that has been left behind. However, it turns out that the storm left more than just a mess onshore. It was revealed recently that Hurricane Dorian ended up being so powerful it created 100-foot waves offshore near Newfoundland. 

As the hurricane moved into the Maritimes over the weekend, it brought strong winds, heavy rain, and hurricane-like conditions. Among these conditions, were extremely high waves. While Environment Canada was predicting large waves to hit the coasts, experts were shocked when they discovered one wave hit 100 feet. 

According to Global, the Marine Institute at the Memorial University of Newfoundland was tracking the waves with buoys that they have out at sea. On Saturday night, during the peak of the storm, one buoy detected the enormous tidal wave. 

Clocking in at 100-feet, which is as tall as an eight-story building, it was the biggest wave that the buoy recorded during the storm. Yet throughout the night, it also recorded some waves reaching as high as 75 feet. 

Bill Carter, director of the Center of Applied Ocean Technology at the school, told the Washington Post that they don't even know if that's the highest wave that hit during the storm, "Only 10 minutes of the data from every hour is sent back to shore. There could have been even higher waves during the other 50 minutes. We'll only know when we get the data of the buoy."

Once verified, this wave will be the highest on record since October of 1991. 

However, it wasn't just Newfoundland that spotted some unusually big waves. Nova Scotia also recorded some waves reaching 50 feet off the Sable Island Bank throughout the night. 

While the 100-foot wave was recorded offshore and was not spotted by residents. It wasn't the only wave that was spotted throughout the storm. In fact, multiple residents were able to capture some footage of the waves that were hitting the shore during the hurricane. 

Even though they weren't nearly as big as the waves that were being recorded off-shore, they still looked equally as terrifying. 

Dorian is no longer classified as a hurricane, but it has left a lot of damage across some coasts, including Canada, where thousands were left without electricity and a construction crane ended up collapsing. 

*Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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Allysha Howse
Ontario Editor