High wind, rainfall and storm surge warnings (Updated 4:35am Dec 18 2023)

Issued early Monday morning, December 18, 2023, Nova Scotia is preparing for severe weather events today, encompassing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and a significant storm surge along the coast.

  1. Heavy Rainfall: Issued at 4:35 AM AST, a warning for western mainland Nova Scotia indicates intense rain today, with totals ranging from 30 to 50 mm, and potentially reaching 80 mm in certain areas. The rain, peaking this afternoon and evening, could cause hazardous driving conditions and localized flooding.
  2. Strong Winds: A warning issued at 4:34 AM AST forecasts winds reaching 100-110 km/h across Nova Scotia, especially this afternoon, expected to diminish by Tuesday morning. These conditions may lead to utility outages and damage from flying debris.
  3. High Storm Surge: Another warning, also issued at 4:34 AM AST, alerts residents along the Atlantic coast, particularly near Halifax and the Eastern shore, of a high storm surge with waves up to 6 to 8 metres. This could result in coastal flooding, beach erosion, and minor infrastructure damage.

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