HALIFAX – Hurricane Dorian is on a northeast track off the U.S. east coast as residents of Atlantic Canada brace for the massive storm’s arrival.
The Category 1 storm is moving at around 22 kilometres per hour and is expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the eastern seaboard, reaching Nova Scotia Saturday.
As a result, the Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued a hurricane watch for all of Nova Scotia and tropical storm watches are also in effect for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and western Newfoundland.
Bob Robichaud with the centre says there is real potential for damage.
“What we should expect are uprooted trees, broken trees, that may result in extended power outages. Those are all the things that we know happen when we get these kinds of conditions.”
Fishermen along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Coast are worried about Dorian’s potential strength and are moving boats to sheltered areas and tying them together tightly.
Most vessels in the area had returned to the wharfs by afternoon.
Many Nova Scotians were busy buying propane for the barbecue, gasoline for the car and laying in a three-day store of water and non-perishable food.
The most likely track projection brings hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, with the storm pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night, and then over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence or western Newfoundland by Sunday morning.
The forecast is calling for severe winds and torrential rain, with a major impacts for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and Quebec’s Lower North Shore.
Large waves are expected for the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and for eastern portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while a storm surge, combined with large waves and pounding surf, causing potential flooding in parts of Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands.
Tropical storm force winds of 90 to 110 kilometres per hour are expected Saturday morning over southwestern Nova Scotia and in the afternoon over eastern parts of the province before moving on in the evening to P.E.I., the Magdalen Islands and southwestern Newfoundland.
The highest rainfall amounts _ 50 to 100 millimetres _ are expected over Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and the Magdalen Islands.