Hurricane Dorian continues to march up the U.S. east coast, heading right towards Atlantic Canada. Late tomorrow it could hit Nova Scotia as a category 1 hurricane. It’s also possible it could be a tropical storm or post-tropical depression. As it heads for Canada, forecasters in the U.S. are warning of life-threatening storm surges, dangerous winds and flash floods today along coastal areas of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia. Dorian is currently just offshore of North Carolina. It is blamed for four deaths in Florida and North Carolina, one in Puerto Rico and at least 30 in the Bahamas.
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The Canadian National Hurricane Centre has issued a hurricane warning for parts of Canada. Here are the details:
3:04 AM ADT Friday 06 September 2019
Hurricane watch in effect for:
- Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
There is a slight possibility that Hurricane Dorian could bring near-hurricane conditions.
Hurricane Dorian will be leaving the coast of North Carolina and will begin to race northeastward toward the Maritimes today. The most likely track projection brings Hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night. Severe wind gusts reaching 150 km/h are possible over parts of the province beginning Saturday afternoon and evening.
Heavy rain is expected with widespread amounts ranging from 50 to 100 mm. North of the hurricane amounts could exceed 150 mm increasing the potential for flooding.
Flooding is also possible along the Atlantic coast due storm surge, the most likely period is from late afternoon through the evening.
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible over parts of the region within 36 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.