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Storm bringing heavy rain and high winds across P.E.I.

Key takeaways:

  • Rain began to pour in western P.E.I. in the evening and quickly spread over the province by evening.
  • Extra emergency shelter beds have been provided in anticipation of the severe weather expected this week.

A rainfall warning was issued after a storm began rolling across P.E.I. on Monday.

Environment Canada has been warning about the storm for days and has updated its special weather statement to a warning on Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon, the rain started falling in western P.E.I. and quickly moved throughout the province by the evening.

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A sum of 40-70 mm of rain is forecast through Tuesday night, according to C.B.C. meteorologist Jay Scotland, with greater amounts possible locally in eastern parts.

According to the government, extra emergency shelter beds have been provided in anticipation of the severe weather expected this week. Islanders in desperate need of shelter should call 1-833-220-4722 or dial 2-1-1, according to the statement.

Santa’s arrival has been postponed.

According to the City of Charlottetown, the Santa Parade Tour through Sherwood-Parkdale and the city center, which was set for Monday, has been rescheduled for this Sunday. 

Strong winds will accompany the showers. Winds might reach 60 km/h with gusts up to 80 km/h. According to Environment Canada, a wind warning for this storm may yet be issued.

The temperature will stay high, freezing for most of the storm, even reaching double digits on Monday, but will plummet to around -1 C Tuesday afternoon, bringing a dusting of snow on the tail end.

Heavy rainfall on Monday could lead to flooding in P.E.I.

The construction industry is preparing for a storm.

In anticipation of the hurricane, construction workers spent Monday ensuring sure their sites could weather the storm.

According to Sam Sanderson, general manager of the Construction Association of P.E.I., preparing for this kind of weather occurrence is always difficult.

“[Contractors] are putting together their crews and preparing ready for after-hours calls, you know, for flooding and possibly property damage,” he said.

“With the wind speed, which might reach 100 km/h, sheets of plywood and other materials can be blown around swiftly. You should also ensure that everything is secure enough to withstand such a strong wind.”

According to Sanderson, if the storm is severe enough, it might increase costs and perhaps cause certain projects to be delayed.

While the storm is predicted to dissipate by late Tuesday, Wednesday, pounding waves and higher-than-normal water levels are expected.

Source: Global News

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