Tor­ren­tial rains, winds ex­pected for In­ver­ness County

Wind gusts to 100 km/h in county as spring storm strikes At­lantic Canada

Cape Breton Post - - Province/atlantic -

The eye of a spring storm that in­un­dated large swaths of the coun­try with tor­ren­tial rain showed no signs of abat­ing Sun­day as it set its sights on eastern Nova Sco­tia.

Cape Bre­ton’s In­ver­ness County was bat­ten­ing down the hatches for Les Suetes winds ex­pected to gust up to 100 km/h into Monday morn­ing.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Stephen Fougere said the strong winds will mix with up to 50 mil­lime­tres of rain.

Nova Sco­tia Power spokes­woman Tif­fany Chase said in an email that the util­ity has crews on standby in the re­gion to re­spond to any out­ages.

Mean­while, south­west­ern New­found­land was under a wind warn­ing. The Wreck­house area - known for its ex­tremely high winds - was ex­pected to see gusts up to 120 km/hr be­fore di­min­ish­ing Monday night.

Parts of Labrador’s Churchill Val­ley and Up­per Lake Melville area were fore­cast to see heavy rains, which could cause sig­nif­i­cant snowmelt and runoff over the frozen ground.

The low pres­sure sys­tem has slowly tracked over On­tario and Que­bec, caus­ing ris­ing flood­wa­ters and states of emer­gency in sev­eral cities and towns.

Some parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 mil­lime­tres of rain af­ter a nearly 36 hour non-stop down­pour.

A weather sta­tion north­east of Saint John mea­sured 155 mil­lime­tres of pre­cip­i­ta­tion from late Fri­day to early Sun­day, Fougere said, adding that sur­round­ing ar­eas had up to 125 mil­lime­tres.

While the del­uge ta­pered off in the prov­ince early Sun­day, New Brunswick’s St. John River has spilled its banks, prompt­ing sev­eral road clo­sures.

“It’s above flood stage in sev­eral ar­eas from Fred­er­ic­ton down south,” said Robert Duguay, a spokesman with the prov­ince’s emer­gency mea­sures or­ga­ni­za­tion. “Wa­ter lev­els are go­ing to stay high prob­a­bly for the rest of the week.”

Duguay said the sit­u­a­tion is under con­trol with only mi­nor flood­ing, but noted it could change quickly with a shift in weather pat­terns. Wa­ter­ways re­main ex­tremely pre­car­i­ous, he said, and peo­ple who get too close are at risk of be­ing swept away by fast-mov­ing wa­ter.

“It’s not over,” Duguay said, not­ing the prov­ince is ex­pected to see an­other 10 to 20 mil­lime­tres of rain overnight Sun­day. “We con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.”

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