Emergency measures organizations in the Maritimes have been preparing for Hurricane Dorian which is approaching southwestern Nova Scotia with maximum winds of 148 km/h (as of 12pm ADT).
The Canadian Hurricane Centre expects Dorian will make landfall near Halifax on Saturday evening as a Category 1 hurricane.
Residents who live along the Atlantic coast, such as Peggys Cove for example, are being urged to evacuate and move inland.
Long lines were reported at stores and gas stations on Friday as residents scrambled to stock up on food and other supplies.
Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings have been issued for all of Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and southeast New Brunswick.
Strong winds gusting up to 120 km/h are in the forecast, rainfall amounts could exceed 100 mm and large waves and storm surges are likely along coastlines.
As of 2pm ADT, about 75,000 customers were without electricity in Nova Scotia with some trees toppled over along the province’s south shore.
Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick (warnings as of 2pm ADT)
- Tropical Storm Warning – heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges along the coast
- Wind Warning – gusts up to 90 km/h which could cause damage, uproot trees
- Rainfall Warning – 50 to 100 mm rain (a month’s worth) could cause flooding