Monday, October 29, 2012

Charges Expected After Car Slams School Bus

Charges are expected after a car slammed into a school bus in Conqueral Bank. The collision occurred on Highway 331 shortly after 4 o'clock on Monday afternoon. In a release, Bridgewater Police say a car crossed the centre line and side-swipped the bus causing significant damage to both vehicles. The driver and passenger in the vehicle were taken to the South Shore Regional Hospital with various injuries. No other injuries were reported.

Mustangs Host 'Pink in the Rink'

The South Shore Mustangs will be sporting some pink when they hit the ice in Bridgewater Tuesday night. The local major midget hockey club is hosting 'pink in the rink' tomorrow evening in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It's also minor hockey night; all players who wear their jersey get in free. The Mustangs will face Halifax, trying to snap a two game skid. Puck drop is 7:30 in Bridgewater.

DOT: Expect Ferry Service Disruptions

The department of transportation has issued a province-wide notice regarding ferry service. The department indicates provincial ferry services are expected to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In a release, DOT says the Tancook ferry has already been halted. Because of expected strong winds and severe marine conditions, people who use Nova Scotia's ferries are advised to monitor the province's emergency road condition phone service at 511 for possible service suspensions.



Nova Scotia Power Prepares For Sandy

Nova Scotia Power crews are on standby in the event of power outages related to Hurricane Sandy. Spokeswoman Neera Ritcey says the company is closely monitoring the weather system as it approaches the Maritimes. She says crews will be ready to act quickly in the event of power outages. Ritcey says strong winds are the biggest concern linked to the storm.

Environment Canada is forecasting strong winds later today and into Tuesday with gusts exceeding 70 km/h for much of the South Shore and Tri-County area. Ritcey is encouraging residents to report power outages as they occur. She says the company will provide updates on its web site and twitter feed.

Emergency Officials Bracing For Hurricane Sandy

Local emergency management officials are gearing up for remnants of Hurricane Sandy. The Category One storm is expected to sweep into Canada tonight with winds gusting to 100 kilometres an hour and driving rains or snow. Locally, the South Shore is getting plenty of wind and rain over the next few days. Emergency Management coordinator for the town and municipality of Shelburne and town of Lockeport, Don Bower, says residents should expect the worst but hope for the best.

Meanwhile, the most recent forecast is projecting 35-50mm of rain in Shelburne County and Yarmouth, with wind gusts up to 80km/h for tonight and Tuesday. Bower says people should have enough have food and water to last 72 hours. He says they will have a number of people in the area in case emergencies occur. Meanwhile, Yarmouth's EMO is watching the storm carefully and says people should be prepared for power outages.

Update: Famous Lunenburg-Built Vessel Sinks/2 Crew Missing

HMS Bounty
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in high seas created by Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina.
The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members and has corrected the total number of crew to 16 from 17. The vessel itself has sunk. HMS Bounty was built in Lunenburg in 1960, before Bluenose Two, for use in the 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty". It left Connecticut last week bound for Florida. The vessel was a frequent visitor to the port of Lunenburg over the years and Mayor Laurence Mawhinney says today's loss of the Bounty is a tragedy.

The crew had apparently been in constant contact with the National Hurricane Center before today's sinking and tried to go around the storm.