Environment Canada issues wind warning for Halifax and area

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Wind warning in effect for:

  • Halifax Metro and Halifax County West

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

A low pressure system is forecast to develop off Cape Hatteras this evening and intensify rapidly as it moves northeastward to lie over southern New Brunswick by Monday evening.

Very strong and gusty southwest winds are forecast to develop over western areas of the province Christmas Day afternoon. These winds are expected to be strongest over western most counties, gusting up to 110 km/h. Elsewhere southwest winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected.

In addition, very large waves causing heavy pounding surf will combine to give higher than normal water levels along shorelines where southwesterly waves come onshore. The highest water levels are forecast near high tide, which is near noon for the Atlantic coast and near middle to late afternoon for west facing coastlines in the Bay of Fundy.

Environment Canada will continue to monitor the development of this storm and provide updates as new information becomes available.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.

Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.


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