09/22/2020 13:01 EDT

Nova Scotia Braces For 100-Kilometre Winds As Hurricane Teddy Nears

Localized flooding and storm surges could batter the Halifax area.

Waves hit the shore in Cow Bay, N.S., during a strong storm in 2012. Winds up to 100 km/h are expected in Nova Scotia when Hurricane Teddy hits this week.

HALIFAX — Residents of Halifax and Nova Scotia’s eastern shore were being warned Tuesday to stay away from the coastline as Hurricane Teddy made its way toward Atlantic Canada.

By noon, the Category 2 hurricane was still about 500 kilometres south of Nova Scotia, but it had picked up speed, travelling northward at 45 kilometres per hour.

Chuck Porter, the minister responsible for Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Office, told reporters his biggest concern was the threat of a storm surge.

“I know people are attracted to the shoreline and they love to watch the waves,” Porter said Tuesday. “I want to caution folks: Please stay back. If you get trapped out there, somebody has to come and try to rescue you, putting people in jeopardy unnecessarily.”

Porter said sightseers hoping to watch big waves crashing into the shore should think twice because they could be swept out to sea by waves expected to reach 10 metres tall. 

Over the last number of years, we've lost a lot of people who have gone to the coast to watch those waves.Bob Robichaud, Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologist

Bob Robichaud, meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, said the storm surge along the eastern shore will come in two waves — as high tide approaches late Tuesday and again when daylight breaks on Wednesday, as Teddy moves over the province.

“Over the last number of years, we’ve lost a lot of people who have gone to the coast to watch those waves,” Robichaud said. “That’s what we need to avoid, with this particular storm, especially.”

Localized flooding is expected as the winds along the coast are expected to reach 90 km/h Tuesday and more than 100 km/h on Wednesday morning.

As one of Teddy’s outer bands swept over Nova Scotia early Monday, the wind picked up and rain was reported across the province.

Meanwhile, weather warnings remain in effect for virtually all of Atlantic Canada.

Though Teddy will likely transition to a post-tropical storm as it approaches the Maritimes, it is expected to maintain much of its strength.

Teddy’s predicted track is expected to take the storm over eastern Nova Scotia, the eastern half of Prince Edward Island and southwestern Newfoundland.

Rainfall could exceed 50 millimetres, with some areas on the left side of the storm getting as much as 100 millimetres over the next two days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.

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