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December 15, 2003

Photo of Sandy Martell

This week, we are launching a story written by Sandy Martell, from Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. Sandy studies Math and Communications with the Bedford-Sackville Literacy Network and hopes to write his GED this year. He lives in Bedford and works as a welder with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation.

Wind, Rain, and Lights Out

by Alexander (Sandy) Martell

Last month in September, Halifax Regional Municipality, hence H.R.M., was struck, or should I say "brutally assaulted", by the infamous weather condition known as Hurricane Juan.

In the glow or "candlelight" of the aftermath of this storm, I think myself and fellow citizens of this city and surrounding areas would say that the surf and warm ocean breezes of the Caribbean are nice, but we would settle for a North Atlantic gale.

Considering after all that we are a coastal city on the Atlantic Coast of North America, this could, would, and will happen from time to time. According to historical news reports, the last hurricane to strike us was something like forty odd years ago. Well, I think we could say that we are a fortunate lot indeed.

Hurricane Juan didn't follow the rules according to the paths of the average hurricanes. From my understanding, most hurricanes begin forming far out to sea in the Caribbean. Then they begin to travel in what could be any direction, either further out to sea or toward land.

With all the places and areas that Juan could have gone in its long journey as far as hurricanes go, guess what? H.R.M. was clearly in Juan's path. Juan is said to have made landfall at Shad Bay. This is quite significant in my opinion. Furthermore, I think the weather people would agree with me.

In summary, next year when the hurricane season comes around, the people of Halifax and H.R.M., or for that matter, all the people of Nova Scotia, will be watching and listening very intently to one and all reports on future hurricanes.

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