Atlantic Canada is a geographical area that is susceptible to be reached by hurricanes. In the past 15 years, it was hit by several hurricanes, among which Igor (2010) and Juan (2003) caused major impacts. These hurricanes caused different types of damage such as toppled trees, power outages, and the destruction of bridges and transportation infrastructure. While there is generic knowledge about the effects of hurricanes, there is a lack of systematic analysis and understanding of the particular effects of hurricanes Igor and Juan. This article contributes to building this understanding, using selected case studies and through application of a cause-and-effect analysis. The analysis aims to identify factors associated with hurricanes that should be considered when managing risk in the immediate response phase. The focus is on the disruptive effects on the supply chain of delivering goods to affected communities, and on the actions taken by response organizations, but other issues are addressed as well. The results are relevant for understanding the issues which risk management strategies should address, and can also serve as a basis for decision support models.