- Torrential rain and strong winds are expected to hit the Maritimes early this week, with parts of Nova Scotia receiving up to 150 mm of rain and winds gusting up to 100 km/h along the coast.
- According to the federal forecaster, the fall storm will begin early Monday, with the worst conditions expected overnight into Tuesday.
Environment Canada has announced particular weather statements for all three Maritime provinces, with additional rainfall, wind, and freezing rain warnings in effect for parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Residents throughout the Maritimes are being warned of the possibility of flash floods, water pooling on roads, and power outages. The storm comes just one week after record rainfall in southern British Columbia caused widespread flooding.
According to Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Roy Hollett, the Maritimes are unlikely to see the significant damage seen in British Columbia, as well as the disruptions in fuel and grocery supplies.
Nonetheless, he advises residents to stock up on food and water for 72 hours and have charged cell phones and vehicles. According to Hollett, residents can also help by removing debris such as leaves and needles from storm drains near their homes if they can do so safely.
“It is not uncommon for the Halifax Regional Municipality area to experience a nor’easter with significant rainfall,” he said.
“The issue here is how much rain we will get in a short amount of time.” In November, the average rainfall in Nova Scotia is about 150 mm, which is the same amount that could fall in days. According to Hollett, one advantage of the late fall storm is that most trees have already shed their leaves.
He claims that there is less resistance as solid winds move through trees; they are less likely to be uprooted, fall over, and knock out power lines.
Another potential advantage, according to Hollett, is that weather forecasts do not appear to include the risk of storm surges, which can cause flooding near the coast.
Source: Halifax CityNews