World news – CA – Nova Scotia will likely not be hit hard by Teddy


While Hurricane Teddy is still set to hit Nova Scotia in a few days, a meteorologist says it won’t be a drastic storm.

“We’re not expecting anything that would be like we’ve seen with Dorian,” Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre, tells NEWS 95.7’s The Todd Veinotte Show.

He says the province will likely see some heavy rainfall; broken tree branches; and a few power outages, though probably not in large areas.

Unless the hurricane moves back towards the west, there likely won’t be widespread damage of broken trees or uprooted stumps.

Starting Tuesday, Halifax will see some rain with gradually increasing winds. By Tuesday evening, there may be a brief break from wind and rain. Then, it’ll pick up again overnight into Wednesday morning where the rainfall will likely be finished. Finally, it’ll head towards Newfoundland by Wednesday afternoon.

Jeremy March, another meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre, says the main concern with last year’s Hurricane Dorian was the amount of rainfall. Last year, the Canadian Hurricane Centre reported that Lower Sackville and Oxford, N.S. saw the most rain at 138 mm.

“We’re not looking at too much rain now,” March says. “The rain will come down heavy at times, but it looks to be more of a potential wind issue.”

The heaviest rainfalls will be from central Nova Scotia up to Cape Breton. Still, Robichaud says it’ll likely be less than 100 mm.

On the other hand, tracking winds is more difficult. But Robichaud says more of the damaging ones will remain offshore or briefly hit the province’s eastern coast.

Currently, Teddy has slightly weakened and is now a category two storm with winds of 165 km/h. When it hits Nova Scotia, those winds are expected to drop below 110 km/h.

Last year, Hurricane Dorian’s winds hit a high of 157 km/h in Newfoundland. In Halifax, there were gusts of around 100 km/h.

On top of wind and rain, March says Teddy will bring strong waves and minor beach erosion. This will mostly be an issue for the coastal regions as the rough waves combined with storm surge create localised flooding.

There’s also a cold front between Nova Scotia and Teddy which the hurricane will interact with to bring harsh weather on Tuesday.

“A lot of people think of post-tropical as being a lesser storm, and it’s not necessarily that,” Robichaud says. “When we talk about a post-tropical storm, it essentially means that the structure of the storm is different.”

He says a post-tropical storm means there’s a distinction between where the heaviest rain and the strongest winds are in the storm. Typically, the strongest winds are on the storm’s right-hand side while the heaviest rain is on the left.

Since there are still a few days until Teddy hits Nova Scotia, March says it’s possible the hurricane could slightly change direction or have slightly different effects.

Still, he says the Canadian Hurricane Centre is growing more confident about Teddy’s effects on Atlantic Canada.


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