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Enviornment Canada issues rainfall statement, parts of NS to see 20-40mm Thurday night

By Evan Taylor Jul 27, 2023 | 11:38 AM

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Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for all counties in Nova Scotia, warning residents of heavy rainfall expected tonight. The weather advisory, in effect from this evening until early Friday morning, cautions of potential hazards, including total rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 mm, with the possibility of even higher amounts in thunderstorms.

The approaching weather system is anticipated to bring showers and thunderstorms, first impacting southwestern Nova Scotia this evening before progressing eastward overnight. Rainfall is expected to gradually diminish from west to east, with conditions likely to ease off by Friday morning.

Officials are closely monitoring the situation as heavy rainfall can lead to localized flooding, posing risks to low-lying areas and waterlogged regions. Residents are urged to exercise caution and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and protect their properties.

The flood risk is higher than usual with a storm of this size due to the residual flooding effects from this past weekend’s storm, which has most waterways in the province much fuller than they typically would be.

To stay informed about the weather developments, it is crucial for citizens to keep a close eye on alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. In the event of severe weather incidents or any related concerns, individuals can report them by sending an email to NSstorm@ec.gc.ca or sharing updates on social media using the hashtag #NSStorm.

Local emergency response teams are prepared to address any weather-related emergencies, and residents are advised to stay vigilant and follow any instructions issued by authorities. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary travel during the period of heavy rainfall and to be prepared for potential disruptions to outdoor activities and events.

Residents are reminded to take the following precautions:

  1. Clear gutters and drainage systems to prevent water buildup around homes.
  2. Secure or move outdoor objects that could be affected by strong winds.
  3. Stay indoors during thunderstorms and avoid low-lying areas prone to flooding.
  4. Keep abreast of weather updates and advisories to make informed decisions.


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