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Hurricane Matthew came and went. On Thanksgiving Monday 10 October the sunny weather we had enjoyed for a week suddenly turned cloudy and stormy. We were told to stay home, the Confederation Sea Bridge which takes 12 minutes to cross over the Strait of Northumberland issued a warning that only private cars would be allowed across due to winds of 90 to 100 Km an hour. All other traffic would have to wait for the winds to die down, this happens often in Winter. The ferry service was halted because the sea was too rough.

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Photo of the Sea bridge on Monday looking towards the mainland, courtesy of James MacSwain, photographer.  

The wind was fierce in Charlottetown around 80 to 90 Km per hour and this for 12 hours as the remnants of Matthew passed over us. It was scary to hear the wind howling and the trees swing like twigs. It rained and rained violently but we were lucky since we were on the margins, it was far worse in Sydney on Cape Breton where peoples homes were flooded or heavily damaged by wind and water, roads washed out and people stranded as bridges collapsed. In Newfoundland it was worse, the amount of rain in one day was the equivalent of one month in precipitations.

We here in the Capital of PEI did not loose power and since it was Thanksgiving everyone stayed home, all was closed anyway for the Holiday. I only saw one big tree on Upper Prince street fall crushing flat the front porch of a house as if it was cardboard. The elderly couple in the house were scared, family and friends came to their help.

The next day the Sun was back and the wind had passed. We will get other wind storms this Winter it is a feature of Island life being on the Atlantic in the Gulf of St-Lawrence.

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Charlottetown and the mouth of the Hillsborough river opening unto the Strait of Northumberland and in the far distance the mainland of Nova Scotia.

In the meantime we are now at the end of the Fall Lobster Season, many tourist restaurants featuring seafood are closing until May next year. The last cruise ship leaves on 19 October, the Marinas are emptying, boats being taken out of the water and stored ashore. Tourist shops are closing and the Fall and Winter program of the various cultural centres and museum has been announced. It is a time for us Islanders now, more quiet.