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Halifax braces for high winds

Nova Scotia Power prepares for outages at emergency operations centre

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caption A pedestrian walks in the rain in Halifax’s Hydrostone neighbourhood
Ian Gibb

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.

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.

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.

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    Andrea Robinson

    Wow! What a storm!
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