Update: Hurricane Dorian could make landfall as a Category 2
Hurricane force winds of 90 gusting to 130 km/h at exposed locations except 120 gusting to 150 km/h at the coast with surge of 0.7 to 1.0 m and waves from 4 to 7 m from Hurricane Dorian are expected.
Hurricane conditions are expected to develop late in the day Saturday as Dorian approaches the region.
Hurricane Dorian has moved off the coast of North Carolina and is moving northeastward towards the region tonight and Saturday. The current track has Dorian moving near Halifax Saturday night. Winds will increase throughout the day Saturday and will become severe by the evening. Wind gusts up to 150 km/h are now likely, especially along coastal areas.
Flooding is also possible along parts of the coast due to storm surge and rough pounding surf later on Saturday.
These winds will topple many trees leading to downed utility lines and extended service outages. Moderate to significant damage to roofing materials, exterior cladding and light structures is likely. This could result in some damage to docks and breakwaters. Shoreline erosion and wave overwash is expected where winds blow onshore.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected over parts of the region within 24 hours. Hurricane conditions include (A) sustained winds near 120 km/h or more, and/or (B) significantly elevated water levels and dangerous surf along the coast.
By nature, a hurricane also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall – consult your local area forecast for possible rainfall warnings.
Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Reports of storm conditions and impacts can be emailed directly to NSstorm@canada.ca or by tweeting reports by province using #NSStorm, #NBStorm, #PEStorm, #NLwx, #QCStorm or #ONStorm.