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08 Sep 2019 | 07:26 AM UTC

Canada: Transport and power disruptions due to Post-Tropical Storm Dorian September 8 /update 1

Canada News Alert

Transport and power disruptions reported due to Post-Tropical Storm Dorian on September 8; heavy rain, wind, delays and cancelations expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/9/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Montreal). COUNTRY/REGION Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Québec City

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Event

The Canadian weather department at 02:45 (local time) on Sunday, September 8, stated that Post-Tropical Storm Dorian is located at 47.4°N 61.7°W (map here) and moving northeast at a speed of 41 kph (11 mph). The Post-Tropical Storm is forecast to weaken as it moves northeast into the Strait of Belle Isle later in the day, but still expected to bring maximum sustained winds of 130 kph (81 mph), and between 50-100 mm (2-4 in) of rain to several provinces, including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and LabradorPrince Edward Island, and Québec. Hurricane warnings remain in place for western Newfoundland, and eastern Nova Scotia until Sunday morning at least, while tropical storm warnings will remain in place for Prince Edward Island, parts of northern and southwestern Newfoundland, the Magdalen Islands and parts of Québec's Lower North Shore. Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the aforementioned provinces.

Approximately 450,000 people were affected by power outages on Saturday, September 7, according to local media outlets. Additional Nova Scotia Power crews are deploying to begin restoration efforts. Authorities at Ottawa International Airport (YOW) advised travelers to check their flight status after at least a dozen flights were canceled on Saturday. Further flight delays, cancelations or schedule changes are likely. Transport services (including bus, metro, and ferry) in Halifax remained suspended until at least 12:00 on Sunday. Power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are expected to continue in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days. 

Advice

Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Post-Tropical Storm Dorian are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.

 

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