Emergency Management Office issues update ahead of Dorian landfall

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The Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO) issued an update on the current status of Hurricane Dorian at 12:00 p.m. ADT on Saturday.

The EMO says it is monitoring the storm and will provide regular updates throughout today and into the overnight hours and the Provincial Coordination Centre was activated at 7:00 A.M. Saturday.

The province is encouraging residents to continue to monitor the media for updates, with residents in coastal areas being asked to consider voluntary evacuations until the storm has passed.

A release states the Canadian Red Cross has opened three shelters in the Halifax Region, which are located at:
- Dartmouth East Community Centre (50 Caledonia Road, Dartmouth)
- Canada Games Centre (26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax)
- St. Margaret's Centre (12 Westwood Boulevard, Tantallon)

The EMO says Hurricane Dorian is making quick progress towards the Maritimes and is expected to make landfall this evening, bringing with it sustained winds of 120-to-150 km/h and between 100mm and 150 mm of rain.

Motorists are advised that the Canso Causeway will be closed to high-sided vehicles at 2:00 p.m., while the Halifax/Dartmouth Bridges will close when winds reach 120 km/h.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia Power says it has upwards of 1,000 personnel, including powerline technicians, forestry crews, planners, damage assessors, engineers, communications staff and customer care representatives ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so.

The utility says to ensure their safety, crews will be off the roads until 10:00 p.m. in western and central Nova Scotia, including Metro Halifax, when wind gusts reach 90km/h, unless it is an emergency situation.

Customers can report outages via the NS Power Online outage map or at 1-877-428-6004.

Nova Scotia Power says estimated restoration times will be posted and will be updated once damage has been assessed.