The af­ter­math

Hur­ri­cane Do­rian left be­hind power out­ages and dam­ages from downed trees in west­ern New­found­land

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COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — Hur­ri­cane Do­rian cre­ated plenty of anx­i­ety as it made its way to­ward west­ern New­found­land ear­lier this month.

After dev­as­tat­ing the Ba­hamas and wreak­ing havoc with Nova Sco­tia’s power util­i­ties, it fi­nally set New­found­land and Labrador in its sights.

It was still pack­ing hur­ri­cane-force winds and gen­er­at­ing dan­ger­ous storm surge con­di­tions when it ar­rived in south­west­ern New­found­land, churned along the west coast and up the North­ern Penin­sula be­fore head­ing out over the open At­lantic Ocean.

The wind gusts reached above 100 kilo­me­tres per hour in some parts of the west­ern re­gion — 157 kilo­me­tres per hour at The Wreck­house in south­west­ern New­found­land — and one wave near Port aux Basques was mea­sured at more than 100 feet high.

For­tu­nately, the im­pact was kept to a rel­a­tive min­i­mum, though there were some in­ter­mit­tent power out­ages and prop­erty dam­ages from fallen trees, util­ity poles and high wa­ter lev­els along the coast.

GARY KEAN/THE WEST­ERN STAR

The stump and ex­posed root sys­tem of one of the four trees top­pled by Hur­ri­cane Do­rian at Mount Pa­tri­cia Ceme­tery. The cleanup and the re­moval of four more un­sta­ble trees re­sulted in the ceme­tery be­ing closed to the pub­lic for sev­eral days.

FRANK GALE/ THE WEST­ERN STAR

A crew from Tree­works — from left, Harry Hudson, Jeff Lee and Ri­ley Brum­sey — work to re­move the re­mains of a tree that had fallen on Eddy Shep­pard’s home on Queen Street in Stephenvil­le as a re­sult of Hur­ri­cane Do­rian’s fierce winds.

GARY KEAN/THE WEST­ERN STAR

A New­found­land Power em­ployee places a py­lon on Cari­bou Road in Cor­ner Brook, near a cracked util­ity pole that was lean­ing dan­ger­ously. The safety mea­sure was made dur­ing the height of Hur­ri­cane Do­rian’s Sept. 8 im­pact on west­ern New­found­land.

GARY KEAN/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Not only hu­mans had to brace them­selves for what Hur­ri­cane Do­rian brought to west­ern New­found­land. These gulls were hun­kered down on the Cor­ner Brook wa­ter­front.

GARY KEAN/THE WEST­ERN STAR

De­spite the rag­ing surf, some­one de­cided to move their boat through the Hum­ber Arm of the Bay of Is­lands in west­ern New­found­land in the midst of Hur­ri­cane Do­rian the af­ter­noon of Sept. 8.

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