On the evening of September 28, 2003, residents in Halifax, Nova Scotia, prepared quietly for a night of bad weather. No one knew, though, that the tropical storm heading to land would turn into the most ferocious hurricane the province had seen in 110 years. Winds raging up to 160 kilometers per hour, pulled the freezing ocean over seawalls and into people’s houses, plucked roofs from people’s homes and pulled trees up from the ground.
The city was brought to a standstill. Two people died when trees crashed down on their vehicles. Several houses went up in flames, one tragically taking three lives. The storm continued north, cutting a swath of destruction through Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, leaving permanent scars.