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Intense Atlantic storm causes widespread outages

Tens of thousands of people in Atlantic Canada and parts of Quebec remained without power late Sunday after the remnants of Hurricane Noel battered Atlantic Canada with high winds and driving rain.
In Nova Scotia, which was hit hardest, as many as 170,000 homes and businesses lost electricity overnight.

Image: Tracking Noel
FLORIDA - A portion of A1A remained closed Sunday, after Noel sent ankle-deep water onto the beachside road. The deluge that prompted authorities to shut down A1A Saturday had receded a bit, but the waters surged again at high tide Sunday afternoon. High tide was expected between 4 and 4:30 p.m. to most likely cause more flooding before the Noel swell of high winds and water passed. Strong rip currents and high surf winds are also expected to hit beaches along Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which remain under a coastal flood advisory. Besides the A1A flooding, a surge of 4-foot waves also flooded a Sunny Isles Beach hotel garage. Weather experts said ocean swells whipped up by the departing tropical storm are what turned parts of State Road A1A into an extension of Fort Lauderdale beach Saturday as high tides swept up and dumped sand and water onto the roadway. Disaster might be the word used by those tracking the extensive beach erosion that many South Florida beaches have experienced in the past few weeks, including from Noel, which scraped away huge amounts of sand, especially in Palm Beach County. High winds have generated battering waves that have gobbled away shoreline, shrinking beaches. Beach conditions over the past week or so have made some residents re-think how devastating the storm surge could be if the area is hit head-on by a hurricane. "It's looking like if we get another storm, there's not going to be any beach left." Noel sent a swell of high winds and water straight at South Florida as it passed to the northeast. As it continues to move away from South Florida, conditions here should improve. The worst should be over, at least in the near term.
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