Hurricane Dorian has been wreaking havoc on the US East Coast, making its way toward New Brunswick. NB is not in the direct path of the storm but may face some extreme weather this weekend.
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization has released a warning statement for Saturday, September 6.
Severe wind and rain warning
The Canadian Government’s website states that there is a rainfall and tropical cyclone warning in place and that precautions should be taken.
Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.Source: Environment Canada
There is also warnings in place for powerful gusts of wind that may further impact driving conditions, cause power surges, and send unsecured patio furniture into the air.
Prepare for the worst
The Government of Canada suggests having the following in preparation for any storm:
- Two litres of water per person
- Nonperishable food items, such as canned goods and dried foods
- Candles, matches, battery operated or crank flashlights
- First-aid kits
- Prescription medication
- Duct tape and basic tools
- A whistle
A more in-depth emergency preparedness guide can be found here.
In an interview with CBC, Chief Dwayne Killingbeck of the Fredericton Fire Department stated that the storm should be treated with “utmost seriousness” and to prepare for the worst.
Stay safe, stay inside, be prepared. More information about the storm can be found on NBEMO’s webpage here.