Hurricane Dorian is expected to make its way toward parts of eastern Canada today, bringing hurricane-force winds gusting up to 150 km/h.
Although the former Category 5 storm, which killed 43 people in the Bahamas and caused devastating damage this week, has been downgraded to a Category 1.
According to Environment Canada, powerful winds are about to reach Nova Scotia this evening and wind gusts of up to 150 km/h are likely, especially along coastal areas.
Flooding is also possible along parts of the coast due to storm surge and rough pounding surf later today.
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By Saturday morning, hurricane Dorian was about 350 kilometres southwest of Halifax, with some gusts already exceeding 85/h in parts of Nova Scotia, according to the National Hurricane Centre.
While wind and rainfall warnings are currently in effect for parts of New Brunswick, in Prince Edward Island, there’s a tropical storm warning and various wind and tropical storm warnings for areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Environment Canada has also issued storm surge warnings for the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
610AM Hurricane #Dorian GOES-16 IR imagery continues to show deep convection and cold cloud tops southeast of Cape Cod on its way to another landfall in Nova Scotia later today. Max winds still at 85mph and pressure 965mb pic.twitter.com/UvoHtC0hAR
— NWS Wakefield (@NWSWakefieldVA) September 7, 2019
Environment Canada warns that the winds may topple trees leading to downed utility lines and extended service outages and moderate to significant damage to roofing materials, exterior cladding, and light structures are likely.
This could result in some damage to docks and breakwaters.
“Shoreline erosion and wave overwash is expected where winds blow onshore. Secure loose objects on your property and anticipate power interruptions,” reads the alert from Environment Canada.
“Beware of wind-blown debris and downed power lines if outdoors. Stay away from the shore – the combination of surge and large waves could result in dangerous rip currents and the risk of being pulled out to sea.”