A broad area of low pressure is forecast to coalesce into a powerful coastal low through Friday. A new low pressure center will develop near Cape Cod this morning, intensifying into an expansive coastal wind storm.
Strong north-easterly winds will intensify throughout Friday.
Along the Atlantic coastline adjoining Queens to Shelburne county, wind gusts ranging between 90-100 km/h are expected by Friday evening. Elsewhere, along the coast from Halifax to Yarmouth, peak wind gusts of 80 to 90km/h are expected. Winds should diminish through the day Saturday, as the low translates south-east.
At this point in time, it appears any heavy rainfall associated with this system will remain off shore.
Pounding surf, fierce waves & higher than usual water
Coastal communities expanding across Southern Nova Scotia from Halifax to Yarmouth (including Lunenburg), can expect wave heights between 5 and 6 meters Friday and Saturday. On Saturday morning, high waves and pounding surf are forecast to creep north – encompassing the remainder of the eastern Nova Scotia coastline. Higher than usual water levels are expected to coincide with high tide both Friday and Saturday, raising coastal flood concerns.
Environment Canada Issues Wind Warnings and Special Weather Statements ahead of the storm.
The weather agency noted on Thursday that “astronomical high tides will be running high during this period of elevated water levels adding to a risk of coastal flooding”.
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