Halifax braces for high winds
Nova Scotia Power prepares for outages at emergency operations centre
November 13, 2018, 9:08 pm ASTLast Updated: November 14, 2018, 8:08 am
The Halifax Regional Municipality could face winds of 80 to 100 km/h during an overnight low-pressure system, said Environment Canada in a weather alert Tuesday.
Wind warnings are issued by Environment Canada when there is “significant risk of damaging winds,” according to their website. Tuesday’s system is expected to bring a mixture of rain and snow, as it tracks across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island before heading toward Newfoundland.
Snow switching to rain across southern NB/ NS. Thru this eve, snow – across northern NB, rain – southern NB, NS & PEI. Precipitation tracks into NL tonight. Wind gusts increasing overnight, & continuing to gust Wed morn. #NSSTORM #NBSTORM #PEISTORM #NLSTORM
— Nadine Powell (@nadinehp4) November 13, 2018
Nova Scotia Power said it has engaged its emergency operations centre. The centre co-ordinates the response to outages and liaises with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office.
We’ve activated our Emergency Operations Centre as of noon today in advance of an impending nor’easter. We’re positioning powerline crews and forestry teams, and we’re staffing up our Customer Care Centre. Details in news release: https://t.co/P0cHbKTLYI #NSStorm
— Nova Scotia Power (@nspowerinc) November 13, 2018
Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead, Matt Drover, said in a statement the system is expected to cause outages along the South Shore, in Halifax, and throughout the northeastern part of the province.
Environment Canada cautions high winds may cause damage to buildings, blow loose objects around and break tree limbs.
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about 100 customers were without power across the province, according to Nova Scotia Power’s outage map.
As a precaution, the HRM said the Halifax Public Gardens will be closed on Wednesday.