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07 sept. 2019 | 06h56 UTC

Canada: Hurricane Dorian to make landfall in Nova Scotia September 7

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Hurrican Dorian is forecast to make landfall in Nova Scotia on September 7; heavy rain, winds, flooding, and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/9/2019, 12h00 until 9/9/2019, 11h59 (America/Montreal). COUNTRY/REGION Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Québec City

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The Canadian weather department at 21:45 (local time) on Friday, September 6, stated that Hurricane Dorian is accelerating towards Nova Scotia and is expected to make landfall near Halifax in the evening of Saturday, September 7, before passing over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence or Newfoundland and Labrador by the morning of Sunday, September 8. It issued rain, wind, and storm surge warnings in several provinces, including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Québec.

As of 02:00 on Saturday, the hurricane is located at 38.8°N 69.1°W (map here) and is tracking northeast at 25 kph (16 mph). Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (90 mph), and is expected to bring up to 100 mm (4 in) of rainfall in some areas. Life-threatening flash flooding, damaging winds, and high storm surge are likely throughout the aforementioned provinces. Authorities at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) have said that the severe weather conditions may cause flight delays, cancelations or schedule changes. Service on the Tancook ferry halted as of 23:00 on Friday. Remaining bus and ferry services in Halifax are due to cease at 12:00 on Saturday until at least 12:00 on Sunday. Teams from Nova Scotia Power are being deployed to respond to power outages, as the province is expected to be the most affected by Dorian. Associated power outages and disruptions to transportation and business services are to be expected in areas forecast to be affected by the storm over the coming hours and days. 


Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by Hurricane 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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