HALIFAX – Forecasters with Environment Canada’s Hurricane Centre are cautioning Atlantic Canadians that Hurricane Teddy is going to bring the region a one-two punch, with a lull in wind expected overnight.
Meteorologist Ian Hubbard said the system is expected to be post-tropical by the time the centre reaches shore Wednesday morning.
“But it will still be packing a little bit of a punch, which is why we’re paying close attention to this and have several warnings in effect today,” he told NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show Tuesday morning.
Tropical storm, wind, rain and storm surge warnings have all been issued for Halifax.
There’s still uncertainty with Teddy’s exact track. Right now, it is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Eastern Shore, however, Hubbard said Halifax will still see some significant impacts from the storm.
“The winds tend to be stronger on the right [of the track] and heavier rain on the left and that’s exactly what we’ll be seeing with this system,” he said.
“We’re looking at total rainfall amounts of 50 and 75 mm,” he added.
Drops have already started to fall in Halifax and the rain is expected to intensify as Tuesday rolls along, then linger into Wednesday.
“We’re going to see the winds picking up this afternoon with some gusts of 70 and even some gusts to 90 right along the coast,” Hubbard explained.
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“That’s going to continue on into the evening, but we will see a break in the overnight period, so the winds will diminish with gusts to around 60 before they start to pick up a little bit again in the morning tomorrow. That’s going to be as the storm passes east of Halifax.”
The storm surge warning is in effect from the southwest of Nova Scotia east to Cape Breton. Waves will build in intensity throughout the day and persist overnight.
“Early Wednesday as Teddy approaches, eastern Nova Scotia will see very large wave and significant storm surge,” said Environment Canada. “Outside of the times for high tide there is still a threat for very large waves, rough and pounding surf, and local overwash. The public should observe extreme caution.”
Hubbard said, even though Teddy isn’t expected to be as bad as Dorian, it’s still a significant storm.