New Brunswick Tribune

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The East Coast is bracing for a fall storm with heavy winds

Key takeaways:

  • The Maritimes will be struck by a big storm starting Monday, with up to 150 mm of rain and strong winds.
  • Flash flooding, storm surges, and power outages are all probable, according to officials.
  • Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Deputy Chief Roy Hollett said teams have been clearing drains and preparing for the storm.

Beginning Monday, the Maritimes will be hit by a significant storm with up to 150 mm of rain and high gusts, especially in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.

Environment Canada has declared special weather statements for all three Maritime provinces, including rain, wind, and freezing rain advisories in effect for sections of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Flash flooding, storm surges, and power outages are all probable, according to officials.

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Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Deputy Chief Roy Hollett said teams have been out clearing drains and prepared for the storm, which may last several days, in an update on Sunday afternoon.

He also advised neighbors to inspect storm drains near their homes for any debris, such as leaves, and clear them.

“If anyone still has furniture or other items on their decks, please secure them.” He went on to say, “You don’t want that blowing around.”

People should have 72-hour emergency supplies, such as food and water, according to Hollett.

He also requested that “storm chasers” keep away from the scene and allow emergency crews to do their jobs. He specifically requested that individuals who didn’t need to outside stay inside for two to three days.

“It’s not going to be a good situation to be outside if it’s coming in like we’re witnessing, with the volume of rain and the wind,” he said.

According to Hollett, the city collaborates with the province and other partners to develop a strategy for finding accommodation for the homeless.

East Coast braces for fall storm with severe winds.

Halifax Search and Rescue posted on Twitter that members will be examining wooded areas after being contacted by Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency.

“Searchers, as well as our light vehicles, will be responding to the request to assist in keeping our homeless community members safe,” stated the tweet.

Meanwhile, Hollett advised residents to keep an eye on their neighbors and call 311 if they notice flooding during the storm or 911 in an emergency.

“A nor’easter with substantial rainfall is not uncommon in the (Halifax Regional Municipality) area,” he said. “The question here is how much rain we’ll get in a short amount of time.”

In November, the average rainfall in Nova Scotia is around 150 mm, which is about the same amount that may fall in only a few days.

Environment Canada issued a rain and wind warning for much of Nova Scotia late Sunday afternoon, as well as a Les Suêtes wind warning for Inverness County – Mabou and north.

Source: Global News

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