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RCMP Urge Safety as Hurricane Earl Approaches

News Release:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2, 2010…With Hurricane Earl
continuing to track toward our province, the RCMP urge citizens to be
mindful of the dangers that the storm may present.

As the storm approaches, it is important to remember that extreme
weather will result in hazardous conditions, decreased visibility and
possible hydro-planing on our road and highways. Drivers may also
encounter wind-blown debris on the road and sudden flooding which can be
dangerous for motorists and detrimental to highway conditions.  The RCMP
encourage the public to keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles and
refrain from unnecessary travel until after the storm has passed and
clean-up efforts are complete. If you must travel, allow for additional
travel time, let someone know your destination, slow down, watch for
pooling water and use your hazard signals if you must stop along the
way.

The RCMP encourage the public to maintain a safe viewing distance along
beaches and shorelines, well away from the water’s edge and stay
completely off rocks, breakwaters, and piers where waves are breaking.
Storm driven waves and tides can cause unpredictable and deadly
conditions as anyone close to the coast could be swept into the ocean.

For further information on emergency preparedness, visit the Nova
Scotia Emergency Management Office Web site http://emo.gov.ns.ca/.

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