Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in Canada

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Post-tropical storm Dorian has departed Atlantic Canada, but the scars it inflicted across the region with its hurricane strength wind gusts and torrential rain will take some time to disappear.

By Friday evening, Gov. Roy Cooper said officials weren't aware of serious injuries from the storm on the Outer Banks.

As Dorian closed in on the Maritimes, it strengthened to become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 160 km/h.

As the storm approached the coastline, it lashed the area with driving rain and gusts reaching nearly 150 kilometres per hour - approaching the power of a Category 2 hurricane.

In addition to Nova Scotia, the storm made significant impact on Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as it blew through with winds up to 90 miles per hour.

"We're nervous and keeping a close eye on things", she said.

That changed at the end of August, when Dorian, a category 5 hurricane, came screaming through leaving a trail of destruction all the way from the US Virgin Islands, to the Bahamas, and the US and Canadian east coasts. The one silver lining in the otherwise grim situation is that tourists, who have been vacationing at the islands for years, are returning to help the locals clean up the mess left behind by Dorian.

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A woman in her 50s died in Tokyo after she was smashed against a building by strong gusts, according to security camera footage. It took hours for other lines to resume, packing stations with impatient commuters fanning themselves in the humid air.

Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault acknowledged that erosion has become a concern for the archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and said work was beginning immediately to protect the most vulnerable areas.

The agency said it was environment up shelters or momentary housing for the newly homeless across the islands and appealed for Bahamians to choose in storm victims.

Hurricane Dorian has now made landfall in Canada, bringing along strong winds and heavy rain.

Over 750 power line and forestry technicians from across the maritime provinces joined in the effort, according to Nova Scotia Power.

"This system is expected to move generally westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean for the next several days", according to the Hurricane Center.

The hurricane center transitioned the storm from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone earlier on Saturday.

In Halifax, the CEO of Nova Scotia Power Inc. said the utility was facing a huge task in reconnecting customers as the brawny storm moved away from the province and on to western Newfoundland. Five deaths have been blamed on the storm so far. NB Power spokesman Marc Belliveau said that number had been reduced to about 7,000 by Monday afternoon, and he expected most of those would be reconnected by Monday night.

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