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Power crews getting in position for strong pre-holiday storm

By Steve MacArthur Dec 17, 2023 | 4:12 PM

For the second Monday in a row, you might want to tie down the lawn decorations because of another strong wind and rain storm.

The forecast is calling for gusts near 100 km/h for most of our province, except 120km/h or higher from Margaree River to Bay St. Lawrence.

Rainfall totals will be in the 50 to 70mm or higher by Tuesday.

Weather Warnings are in place for much of Nova Scotia.

Wind warning:

All of Nova Scotia

Rainfall Warning:

Queens, Lunenburg, Halifax, Colchester-Truro & South & Guysborough Counties with 50-70 mm of rain Monday into Tuesday.

Storm Surge Warning:

Queens, Lunenburg, Halifax & Guysborough Counties for Monday night & Tuesday morning.

“We’ve been monitoring the weather forecasts for the last number of days and have made the decision to open the Emergency Operation Centre to coordinate our storm response,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s Storm Lead. “Based on those forecasts we are expecting something very similar to last Monday, with rain and high winds for long durations across much of the province.”

In addition to the heavy rain and strong winds, coastal regions are warned of large waves and pounding surf, leading to higher-than-normal water levels.

High winds can cause trees to come into contact with power lines damaging equipment and causing power outages,” said Drover. “They can also slow restoration efforts depending on the extent of the damage they cause, and force crews to stand down when winds reach 80km an hour, as it isn’t safe to be up in the buckets,” said Drover.

Coastal areas, especially near high tide may experience increased vulnerability to flooding.

Last week, the storm caused well over 60,000 outages in our province with thousands left without electricity for more than a day.