Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to a Category 2 storm and is barrelling into Atlantic Canada with winds of 160 km/h and gusts of up to 195 km/h. As of 1:35 p.m. AST, Nova Scotia Power was reporting outages affecting more than 55,000 customers.
Category 2 Hurricane Dorian is blowing through Nova Scotia, knocking down trees and stirring up large waves.
Halifax Regional Police Insp. Don Moser said “we stand very well prepared.” He advised people to respect road closures for their own safety, saying, “it’s critical actually that folks take no chances. Hunker down and … keep yourself safe and your family safe.”
Prior to the arrival Hurrican Dorian, residents across the Maritimes were stockpiling supplies, such as propane, gasoline, and groceries.
UPDATE: @NHC_Atlantic has just upgraded #Dorian to a Category 2 hurricane.— Ryan Snoddon (@ryansnoddon) September 7, 2019
Sustained winds now estimated at 160 km/h, with gusts up to 195 km/h.
Storm will make landfall early this evening, most likely just east of #Halifax. #nswx #nsstorm @CBCNS pic.twitter.com/pOaMQ62RMw
Nova Scotia resident Ed Parmiter, from Annapolis Royal told Travel Off Path “Getting worse now. Wind has really kicked up, lots of branches down. Power is out and its only 2pm. Defintely scary here…yikes!”
In Halifax, storm drains have become overwhelmed and are flooding streets. Twitter user Anthony Farnell tweeted a video from downtown Halifax as Hurricane Dorian approaches.
Most of Atlantic Canada is under a combination of weather warnings due to Hurricane Dorian:
- Hurricane, tropical storm and rainfall warnings for much of Nova Scotia
- Rainfall warnings for New Brunswick
- Rainfall, wind, storm surge and tropical storm warnings for P.E.I.
- Hurricane, tropical storm and wind warnings for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Environment Canada is warning of flooding along the coast due to Hurricane Dorian storm surges and pounding surf. The Halifax Regional Municipality called for residents who live along the shoreline in some areas to leave their homes.
The centre of the storm is expected to hit Halifax by Saturday evening, Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Friday.
Environment Canada has also issued storm surge warnings for the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Rain will spread across Nova Scotia today, with 100 to 150 millimetres expected over western areas, and 200 millimetres possible in some local areas. Over central and northwestern parts of the province, 60 to 120 millimetres are expected. Winds will be strong throughout the mainland, with sustained winds of about 100 km/hr and gusts up to 120 km/h later in the day. Gusts along the coast could reach 150 km/h.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudea tweeted Saturday at 1:28pm AST that the safety of Canadians is their “number one priority” and are prepared to help Atlantic Canada.
Hurricane Dorian has already taken the lives of 43 people and is expected to rise drastically as hundreds remain missing, buried under rubble on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Over 70,000 people in the Bahamas have been left homeless by the strongest hurricane ever to hit the archipelago nation.