Photo: The Canadian PressWaves hit the shore in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia near Halifax on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Canadian Hurricane Center released an image of Hurricane Teddy, indicating a trace of the storm that could affect the Maritimes early next week. The storm was listed by the center as being in the Caribbean at 5 a.m. local time today, with maximum wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Andrew Vaughan
The top meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center suggests that the combination of Hurricane Teddy and an ongoing pandemic should prompt the Maritimes to plan well in advance for potential blackouts.
On Friday, the storm was turning north-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour.
According to a forecast from the center, Teddy will approach the Maritimes early next week with likely impacts for parts of the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Forecasts indicate that the center of Teddy could make landfall along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia on Tuesday evening, with possible impacts including strong and potentially damaging winds, storm surges as well as breaking waves and heavy waves. rains.
Senior Hurricane Center forecaster Bob Robichaud notes that the potential runway is currently 360 kilometers wide, meaning the eye could go into the Gulf of Maine in southern Nova Scotia or pass east. of the province.
He says residents are urged to prepare for hurricane-related power outages this fall, given the need to socially distance themselves when shopping for supplies ahead of storms.
“Even in August, we were saying that whatever you need to weather a storm, you have to buy it before the storm is on the map,” he said in an interview on Friday.
“Now, not only is the storm on the map, but it’s heading in that direction. ”
In May, the Halifax Hurricane Center warned of another active storm season, with Robichaud noting that the COVID-19 pandemic could make it difficult for people to prepare for inclement weather.
Earlier this year, the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also predicted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.
The U.S. agency said it expected 13 to 19 named storms – six to 10 of which could become hurricanes. Teddy is the 19th named storm of the season.
Robichaud says various weather factors unfolding over the weekend could affect the intensity of the storm.
As the storm rolls out of the Caribbean over the North Atlantic, it will pass over cooler waters, causing it to lose some power, Robichaud said.
In addition, there is an area of high pressure moving from the west to the Maritimes, bringing pleasant fall weather.
“This area of high pressure, if it stays very, very strong, it will deflect the storm one way or another,” he explained.
The meteorologist said Teddy’s potential dangers are high winds and coastal storm surges.
“These are the things people need to start thinking about as we go into the weekend,” he said.
Nova Scotia Power activated its emergency operations center on Friday and said it was mobilizing personnel and resources before the storm arrived.
“We have been monitoring Hurricane Teddy closely for several days and taking steps to prepare,” said Matt Drover, storm manager for Nova Scotia Power.
The utility encourages customers to assemble an emergency kit that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio, and fresh water, and to ensure back-up generators are properly installed outdoors.
The province’s emergency management office released a statement Friday also encouraging citizens to prepare in advance.
“Nova Scotians should also remember that they must continue to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines as they prepare. Stores often have longer lines before a storm, and a physical distance of two meters and wearing a mask is still required, ”the agency said in a press release.