The Emergency Management Office is warning residents in parts of Nova Scotia to prepare for high winds and heavy rain that could cause localized flooding, tree damage and power outages.
“This weather event is not expected to be on the scale of post-tropical storm Arthur, but in its wake with tree-root systems already weakened, we could experience a large number of trees falling on power lines causing power outages and other damage,” said Mark Furey, Minister Responsible for the Emergency Management Office.
“I encourage all Nova Scotians to listen to advisories, prepare for possible power outages, check on your neighbours and those most vulnerable in your communities, and take every precaution to minimize damage.”
Environment Canada is forecasting wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour over the Eastern Shore and Cape Breton overnight tonight, Sept. 21, and into Monday morning. Areas expecting the strongest winds include Lunenburg, Halifax, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury and Sydney.
Wind and rainfall warnings are currently in effect for these areas, however, any shift in the track will expose a larger area to these strong winds and rain.
“Residents can prevent flooding in and around their homes by taking the time to clear storm drains, and minimize their inconvenience due to power outages by running off water, stocking up on batteries and keeping some cash on hand,” said Mr. Furey. “We can’t prevent storms from happening, but we can be prepared to minimize the impact on our families and property.”
Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911.