September 16, 1996 in Nation/World

Hortense Hits Halifax

Associated Press

Hurricane Hortense weakened to a tropical storm Sunday after roaring into Nova Scotia Saturday night with 100-mph winds that peeled roofs from buildings, flooded streets and left tens of thousands without power.

Hortense was the first hurricane to hit the region since Blanche in 1975.

Last week, Hortense killed 20 people in Puerto Rico and five in the Dominican Republic.

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