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Marking one year since hurricane Dorian slammed into Atlantic Canada

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WATCH (Sept. 9, 2019) We check in with Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell to recap Hurricane Dorian.

It’s been a year since hurricane Dorian came to Atlantic Canada, bringing with it heavy rain and crane-toppling winds.

The storm, which was nowhere near as damaging as the infamous White Juan, still left a mark on the region — with Halifax bearing the brunt of the damage in Atlantic Canada.

Homes flattened by Hurricane Dorian are seen in Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The storm’s devastation has come into sharper focus as the death toll climbed to 20 and many people emerged from shelters to check on their homes. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Gaudenzi)
Homes flattened by Hurricane Dorian are seen in Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The storm’s devastation has come into sharper focus as the death toll climbed to 20 and many people emerged from shelters to check on their homes. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Gaudenzi).

But before Dorian arrived on Canada’s east coast it wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, the Bahamas and the eastern United States.

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At least 80 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed as it developed into a Category 5 hurricane, the first of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

In the Bahamas, it was especially devastating, with many of the confirmed deaths coming in the country.

Read more: Hurricane Dorian lays waste to the Bahamas

Damages in the Bahamas was pegged at $3.4 billion or one-quarter of the country’s GDP.

But by the time the storm made its way to Halifax, it had significantly decreased in power.

Dorian made landfall in Halifax a little after 7 p.m., on Sept. 7 as a post-tropical storm.

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The storm, however, was not without consequences for Atlantic Canada.

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Wind gusts reaching nearly 150 km/h brought down trees and power lines across the region, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark.

A tree has fallen onto a home on Kline Street in Halifax, N.S. after Hurricane Dorian struck Atlantic Canada.
A tree has fallen onto a home on Kline Street in Halifax, N.S. after Hurricane Dorian struck Atlantic Canada. Alexa MacLean / Global News

In Halifax, some streets were left impassable to vehicles due to downed trees.

Uprooted tree trunks also resulted in sidewalks being lifted up and damaged.

A damaged vehicle in Salisbury, N.B., in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian
A damaged vehicle in Salisbury, N.B., in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. Rick Constantine/ Submitted to Global News

In New Brunswick, the Kouchibouguac River Bridge was damaged by post-tropical storm Dorian.

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The bridge, which connects Rte. 133 in Grand-Barachois, N.B., was so damaged that vehicles could not travel across.

Read more: Post-tropical storm Dorian caused over $105M in insured damage in Atlantic Canada

The provincial government eventually determined a modular bridge would be installed until a long-term solution was prepared and implemented. That could still be years away.

In P.E.I., the damage was similar to what hit the rest of Atlantic Canada.

By far the most iconic image of the storm in Halifax was the collapsed crane that closed a stretch of downtown Halifax for months afterwards.

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Crane downed in Halifax by Hurricane Dorian’s high winds

Businesses on South Park Street have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation from developers and contractors associated with the toppled crane.

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However, a provincial labour report on the cause of the collapse remains unfinished, even a year later.

A toppled building crane is draped over a new construction project in Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The Nova Scotia government says it is too soon to say who will pay the costs to remove a construction crane blown down during post-tropical storm Dorian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A toppled building crane is draped over a new construction project in Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The Nova Scotia government says it is too soon to say who will pay the costs to remove a construction crane blown down during post-tropical storm Dorian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

In order to help those in Nova Scotia who needed it, approximately 300 Canadian Armed Forces members were called in from CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick.

They were there to carry out the heavy lifting in Dartmouth, Yarmouth, Sydney, Liverpool, Lunenburg and Amherst.

For the soldiers, that meant moving slabs of sidewalks obscuring pathways or clearing fallen trees out of the way.

Members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment from Camp Gagetown assist in the cleanup in Halifax on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.
Members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment from Camp Gagetown assist in the cleanup in Halifax on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

But even with the storm damage to buildings and infrastructure, there were some who took hurricane Dorian in stride.

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At least a few Nova Scotians stood along the Halifax Harbour as the storm arrived to take in the rough surf and brutish winds.

An unidentified man watches the impact of hurricane Dorian along the Halifax harbour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
An unidentified man watches the impact of hurricane Dorian along the Halifax harbour in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan

No one died or suffered major injuries in Atlantic Canada as a result of Dorian, but the marks are still there.

The financial costs are a little clearer. The Insurance Bureau of Canada believes Dorian caused over $105 million in insured damage.

Read more: Shediac Bay Yacht Club looks for financial relief from the province post-Dorian

According to the bureau, 70 per cent of the amount is for damage to personal property, 25 per cent is for damage to commercial property and the remaining amount is for damage to automobiles.

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The removal of the collapsed crane in Halifax cost $2 million on its own, although the Nova Scotia government says it plans to recoup its costs.

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Extensive power outages in Atlantic Canada in the wake of Dorian