Rainfall warnings for most of Nova Scotia as strong fall storm hits region

Environment Canada is asking drivers to watch for things like water pooling and even some localized flooding as HRM and most of Nova Scotia brace for the arrival of a strong fall storm.

The national forecaster says the storm will begin this morning over western areas and spreading eastward, reaching Cape Breton by this evening. Forecasters says that the heavy rain will end this evening over western Nova Scotia and overnight over eastern areas, but not before dropping amount ranging from 50 to 70 mm, with up to 100 mm possible in some areas. During the heaviest rainfall late this afternoon and this evening, rainfall rates are expected to be 10 to 15 mm per hour.

A wind warning has also been issued for Guysborough and Antigonish counties, as well as Cape Breton with winds there expected to reach 70-90 km/h.

In addition, Environment Canada says there is the possibility of elevated water levels near high tide late tonight for coastal communities in eastern Nova Scotia. Storms like this in the past have caused hazardous driving conditions from water pooling on roadways and localized flooding, especially in poor drainage areas. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Forecasters ask residents to watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.

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