Roundup: ‘Extremely strong and dangerous’ storm hitting Nova Scotia today, coastal communities brace for flooding, power failures imminent

The projected track for hurricane Fiona, as of 9 a.m., Sept. 23. Source: Environment Canada

Plus: Eating well during a blackout — tips and recipes

It’s raining in much of the province and winds will intensify through the evening, with hurricane Fiona poised to ravage Nova Scotia tonight and tomorrow.

Environment Canada’s latest projection indicates the Eastern Shore, Strait area, and Cape Breton coast will take the brunt of the blow, but the whole province will feel the impact, with forecasters saying Halifax is likely to experience a storm on par with hurricane Dorian in 2019.

Expect hurricane force winds (gusts of 120 to 160 km/h) and torrential rain, cautions meteorologist Jim Abraham on Twitter, adding that there’s a risk of “catastrophic impacts: extended outages, coastal/inland flooding and washouts, injury/death.”

The storm will intensify throughout today, and should peter out tomorrow afternoon. Emergency officials are urging Nova Scotians to stock up on supplies and expect prolonged power failures.

Bob Robichaud

‘Extremely strong and dangerous’
Fiona might be a post-tropical storm by the time it makes landfall in Nova Scotia, but semantics don’t lessen the hazard.

“That does not mean a weaker storm, that just means that the structure of the storm is different than a pure tropical system, but it will have both tropical and non-tropical characteristics when it reaches us,” explains Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologist Bob Robichaud.

He adds that whatever you call it, Fiona will be “an extremely strong and dangerous storm.”

Jake Boudrot has more for the Reporter.

Coastal communities brace for flooding
Emergency officials warn that for coastal communities, the battering will also include a high risk of storm surges and coastal flooding.

“The reality is that a weather event like Fiona can cause major damage to different types of infrastructure, including the power grid and roads or culverts,” Angela Henhoeffer, regional emergency management co-ordinator for Lunenburg County, says in an email. “We’re asking everyone to take steps to be as prepared as possible ahead of the storm and to recognize that it may not be ‘business as usual’ right away once the rain and wind stop.”

Kevin McBain has more for LighthouseNow.

Living well with no power
If you live anywhere near the storm-affected areas, your Nova Scotia Power service will likely fail this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to be confined to a diet of sandwiches and cold cereal.

In East Coast Living‘s free archives, you’ll find lots of recipes and advice for powerless cooking: can’t-miss barbecue recipes, bonfire family feasts, and even outdoor baking.

And as you while away your blackout hours, how about reading some original journalism by local writers? The new issue of Unravel Halifax is out now, and you can read the whole thing for free here.

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