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article imageDorian approaching Nova Scotia as Category 1 hurricane

By Karen Graham     Sep 7, 2019 in Environment
Some Atlantic Canadians woke up to a light breeze and the odd raindrop on Saturday morning, but residents are bracing for the impact of what is now a strong Category 1 hurricane.
At the 11:00 a.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Category 1 Hurricane Dorian is barreling toward the northeast near 29 mph (46 kph), and a general motion toward the northeast is expected to continue through Sunday night.
On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to move across central or eastern Nova Scotia this afternoon or this evening, pass near or over Prince Edward Island tonight, and then move near or over portions of Newfoundland and Labrador on Sunday.
With maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and higher gusts, Dorian is expected to become a hurricane-force
post-tropical cyclone as it moves across eastern Canada tonight or on Sunday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 kilometers) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles (500 kilometers).
CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said, "This storm is just a huge storm. This is a big deal." Right now, much of Atlantic Canada is under a hodge-podge of weather warnings:
Hurricane, tropical storm and rainfall warnings for much of Nova Scotia;
Rainfall warnings for New Brunswick;
Rainfall, wind, storm surge and tropical storm warnings for P.E.I.;
And hurricane, tropical storm and wind warnings for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Environment Canada says the storm moves through Nova Scotia late Saturday, it is expected to become less organized and lose much of the tropical characteristics that it has been carrying over the past week.
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Even so, Dorian will still produce widespread major impacts, even after transitioning over to a post-tropical storm as it tracks through the cooler Atlantic waters throughout the weekend. Cooler air will funnel in behind the storm overnight through early Sunday morning - specifically over the higher elevations of northern New Brunswick.
According to Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, "The impact of the storm could be comparable to Hurricane Earl in 2010, which resulted in close to one million people being without power across Atlantic Canada. However, it looks like the track of the storm will be east of Halifax, which means that the strongest winds will be east of the city rather than through Halifax."
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