Thursday, July 24, 2014

‘Arthur’ to hit Nova Scotia

HALIFAX—Forecasters say Hurricane Arthur likely will make landfall in southwestern Nova Scotia tomorrow morning as a storm that’s still packing near-hurricane strength winds.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre has upgraded tropical storm watches to warnings for Nova Scotia, all of Prince Edward Island, and most of central and southern New Brunswick.

“We want people to pay attention,” said Chris Fogarty, manager of the Halifax-based centre.
“There are going to be some impacts from this [storm].”
Arthur already has resulted in the cancellation of Independence Day celebrations along the east coast of the U.S. and an exodus of residents from North Carolina’s Outer Banks Island as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season swept northwards.
Fogarty said today that Arthur will hit southwestern Nova Scotia and track across the province towards the southern Gulf of Saint Lawrence by tomorrow evening.
Wind warnings have been issued for parts of southwestern Nova Scotia, where forecasters are predicting winds will gust up to 90 km/h.
Fogarty said New Brunswick is expected to get the most rain—with up to 150 mm expected in some areas over a 12-hour period—and it will come down in heavy sheets.
“There could be up to 20 millimetre per hour rainfall rates, which is an issue,” he warned.
“We can’t expect storm drains to keep up with that rate.”
Fogarty said storm surges and waves also are a possibility along most of the coastlines of Nova Scotia, eastern New Brunswick, and around P.E.I.
“There could be some inundation around coastal areas and some beach erosion,” he noted.
The storm has created cancellations and the postponement of July 4 fireworks celebrations in coastal communities from New Jersey to Maine.
In the Maritimes, the storm has resulted in the cancellation of the popular Stan Rogers folk festival in Canso, N.S. after organizers expressed concerns about public safety.

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