Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management, said Nova Scotians are to be commended for their safety preparations in advance of Tropical Storm Noel. “Early reports from across the province show that people were taking the storm warnings seriously,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “I want to thank people for taking the time to prepare. The safety of Nova Scotians is paramount, and with the uncertainty surrounding a storm of Noel’s magnitude, it was critical to have supplies on hand for extended power outages.” Ms. Bolivar-Getson added that municipal emergency measures co-ordinators and volunteers did an excellent job and played a vital role as the storm approached the Maritimes. She also thanked broadcasters for communicating the importance of being prepared for the first 72 hours after an emergency. Early reports indicate that there was minimal damage to roads and buildings, although some coastal roads were flooded or had rocks blown onto them from the strong winds and waves. The public is still advised to avoid coastal areas where strong winds and waves are still present, and to stay away from downed power lines. Emergency management agencies were working through the night and continue to monitor weather reports and updates from municipalities.