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article imageHurricane Earl at category 4, may hit Nova Scotia

By Kevin Jess     Aug 30, 2010 in Environment
Halifax - Atlantic Canadians should keep on the watch as several organizations are reporting that Hurricane Earl may make a direct hit on Nova Scotia as a category 1 hurricane. It has now been upgraded to category 4.
According to the National Hurricane Centre, Hurricane Earl may make landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning as a category 2 hurricane.
The Haligonia says its not time to panic yet but people should be aware and take necessary precautions as the storm is predicted to be at least as strong as Juan which hit Nova Scotia in 2003.
Earl was dubbed a category 4 hurricane on Monday in the Caribbean. "Earl's center is expected to pass near or over the northernmost Virgin Islands Monday afternoon or evening," CNN reported.
Earl has knocked out power on some Caribbean islands and fears linger that flooding could still be a problem as heavy rain continues to fall.
Areas such as the Bahamas have issued hurricane warnings and a hurricane watch has been issued for North Caroline. Earl is now north of the Virgin Islands and is moving west northwest.
Residents of areas that may be affected by Earl should prepare supplies for a 72 hour period as suggested by the Red Cross.
The Weather Network reports that Earl will not weaken enough to become a non-event as the National Hurricane Centre storm track for Earl shows the storm will still be at hurricane strength even when the eye passes Nova Scotia.
Fiona has also formed in the Atlantic and is now a tropical storm. It is expected to track on the heels of Earl and enter eastern Canada, but is not expected to reach hurricane strength.
Atlantic Canadians should pay attention to local forecasts this week as the storm approaches.
Local forecasts are telling Nova Scotians to brace themselves for heavy rain and damaging winds beginning Friday evening.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, as well as parts of the South Shore.
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