Preceeding the wind it got very hot and muggy with the barometre showing 100% humidity. I remember at one point standing near the front door saying goodbye to friends and Chris saying "shut the door, you're letting all the hot air in" which is of course a total turn around for Canada. The humidity stayed for the duration of the storm but has now returned to normal with cooler temperatures and clear blue skies. The humidity made it hard to sleep so this cooler and fresher weather is very welcome. I slept through the night for the first time in days, yay!
While it's true that we didn't get nearly as much damage as expected, I wonder if that's because we had warning and were more prepared or were we just lucky? I noticed that for the week preceeding the storm the power crews were out trimming branches and trees with the potential to take down the lines. City crews were making sure that drains in the streets were open and working properly and beaches and parks were closed to the public to avoid falling debris and waves. I think the news coverage may also have helped because we saw all the damage occuring in the US, partucularly Virginia, and decided to stay home and not try our luck at surfing or some other equally dumb thing