Hurricane Dorian’s outer bands delivered rain and heavy across Canada’s southern Maritimes region as forecasters said it would make landfall as a stronger Category 2 storm near the port city of Halifax.
As of this afternoon (Sept. 7), the Canadian government had hurricane warnings in effect for the south shore, center and eastern parts of Nova Scotia.
Canadian Hurricane Centre predicted that the storm will hit the Halifax area as a Category 2 storm during the evening, delivering winds above 90 miles per hour.
“This one is going to be up there in terms of impact,” meteorologist Bob Robichaud said during a briefing at the Canadian Hurricane Centre on Sept. 6.
Authorities already reported downed trees and power lines in some parts of Nova Scotia and advised motorists to stay off the roads if possible. Up-to-date information about Dorian and traffic conditions are also available on the FreightWaves SONAR platform.
Meanwhile, conditions were deteriorating near the coast. “Vessels, infrastructure, and equipment are at risk of damage in areas directly exposed to high waves and pounding surf. Mariners are advised to avoid affected shorelines,” the federal weather service warned.
Dorian will continue over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as a “potent” tropical storm into Sept. 8, Robichaud said. The storm will affect a large swath of the region, including parts of Quebec, but not the Trans-Canada Highway – welcome news for truckers.
Apart from the winds and rain, Robichaud expected “significant waves,” downed trees and risk of elevated water levels in the gulf.
Dorian’s timing, however, may prove helpful.
“Luckily the storm is arriving at low tide. That might mitigate the damage,” he said.
At the Port of Halifax, scheduling remained “fluid,” with some vessels coming ahead of Dorian and others delaying their arrival until after the storm passes, said port spokesman Lane Farguson, who did not provide details on the delays.
“We are watching the path of this storm closely and at this stage, procedures are being reviewed, preparations are being made and tenants are being contacted,” Farguson wrote in an email. “Safety is our top priority.”
The port has advised that piloting would be done on a case-by-case basis. The port and terminal operators have completed physical checks of the facilities and moved equipment and cargo away from the pier while securing anything that can’t be moved, Farguson wrote.
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