Hurricane watch issued for Nova Scotia

Hurricane Dorian 9-6-19

Environment Canada has issued a hurricane watch for Nova Scotia, with a tropical storm warning for P.E.I., southeastern N.B., western Newfoundland, and Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Rainfall and wind warnings have also been issued for almost all of mainland Nova Scotia.

Hurricane Dorian will be leaving the coast of North Carolina and begin to race northeastward toward the Maritimes on Friday, with the weather agency saying there's a slight possibility of near-hurricane conditions in Nova Scotia.

Environment Canada says the most likely track projection brings Hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes tomorrow, pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night with severe wind gusts possibly reaching 150 km/h.

Heavy rain is expected with widespread amounts ranging from 50 to 100 mm, and up to 150 mm is possible.

Flooding is also possible along the Atlantic coast due the storm surge, with the most likely period from late afternoon through the evening.

The Department of Lands and Forests says all provincial campgrounds, beaches, and day-use parks, as well as the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, will close at dusk on Friday.