Saturday, September 7th 2019, 7:01 pm - Hundreds-of-thousands of customers were without power Saturday as Dorian hammered the Maritimes.
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Dorian has transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone, however meteorologists are warning that the storm is still maintaining strength that is equvalent to a Category 2 hurricane. The storm is expected to make landfall Saturday evening near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The latest update from the U.S. National Hurricane Center has Dorian with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h and is moving northeast at 48 km/h. A general northeast movement is expected to continue through Sunday night.
- Centre of Dorian looks to make landfall just east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, although outer bands are already being felt across the Maritimes
- The Maritimes are facing hundreds-of-thousands of power outages. Keep up-to-date here
- Heaviest swath of rain expected from southwestern Nova Scotia through PEI, and southern New Brunswick
- Tropical-force winds are already moving over Nova Scotia, some damage reported
- Macdonald Bridge from Dartmouth to Halifax is closed
- Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area
MONITORING DORIAN'S TRACK TOWARDS ATLANTIC CANADA
Dorian's centre is expected to move across central or eastern Nova Scotia on Saturday and pass near or over Prince Edward Island later tonight with tropical storm-force winds. The powerful winds will weaken as the system then moves near or over portions of Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.
The Maritimes are facing thousands of power outages with the majority being in Nova Scotia, where upwards of 390,000 customers affected as of 6:30 p.m. EST, according to Nova Scotia power. As well, the Macdonald Bridge connecting Dartmouth to Halifax in Nova Scotia is now impassable and has been closed.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the south shore, central and eastern Nova Scotia, and western Newfoundland. Hurricane watches are in effect for eastern Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands. Tropical storm-force winds, torrential rains and storm surge will accompany this powerful cyclone.
Tropical storm warnings cover southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, western and northern Nova Scotia, parts of northern and southwestern Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands.
Storm surge warnings are in effect for Halifax and the Eastern shore. Kent County, Kouchibouguac National Park, Miramichi and area, and Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick have also been issued storm surge warnings. The Canadian Hurricane Centre says high storm surge levels and large waves are expected to impact the coast.
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STORM PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY
The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, stated on Twitter that the Government of Canada has approved Nova Scotia's request for assistance with Dorian and military personnel will help with the widespread impacts.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre warns of "severe impact" as downed trees, power outages, and flash flooding are all major threats throughout the weekend.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, Dorian will make landfall across east or central Nova Scotia (east of Halifax) on Saturday evening, but the impacts will be widely felt throughout much of Atlantic Canada.
"The impact of the storm could be comparable to Hurricane Earl in 2010, which resulted in close to one million people being without power across Atlantic Canada. However, it looks like the track of the storm will be east of Halifax, which means that the strongest winds will be east of the city rather than through Halifax," explains Gillham.
Gillham says that Dorian will not be as strong as Hurricane Juan (2003), which was the strongest storm that most people in the region will remember.
The strongest winds are likely to occur in less populated areas, which will could reduce the number of people who will be without power. However, many people in smaller coastal communities will experience power outages.
Dorian's forward speed is increasing and it will quickly move across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Saturday night. Heavy rain, strong winds are going to continue through the night and taper off into Sunday.
Much cooler air is expected to funnel in behind the storm Saturday overnight through early Sunday morning - specifically over the higher elevations of northern New Brunswick.
Some models indicate near to below freezing temperatures which support the possibility of rain briefly mixing in with wet snow. These cooler temperatures however will not be a concern across the southern sections of the Maritimes on Sunday as daytime highs climb to the mid to high teens.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS, TORRENTIAL RAIN
Much of Atlantic Canada will experience winds of 90-110+ km/h, while gusts of 120+ km/h are expected in many coastal areas. A maximum wind gust reached 141 km/h on Saturday afternoon about 10 km away from downtown Halifax.
"Wind impacts will likely be enhanced by foliage on the trees, causing broken branches and tree falls, resulting in power outages, blocking of roads, and other type of damages," warns the CHC.