The year 2020 could issue another blow for Nova Scotia. Hurricane Teddy is tracking towards our province and future models are predicting a possible landfall on our coast.
Teddy is currently a Category 2 hurricane, forecast to become a Category 4 later this week, although expected to weaken as it tracks further north.
A possible landfall is too far out to guarantee at the moment, but these models should cause Nova Scotians to prepare for a possible landfall next week.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre warned us back in May when they issued their forecast, it was going to be a very active season. They said to prepare early because of limited capacities in stores.
Stores tend to have lineups before hurricanes land and COVID-19 could make this even worse. With social distancing measures in place, a rush in the days before a storm lands will leave many unprepared.
It is always good to be prepared. If you are not, you are advised to have essentials required for an extended time without power or services.
Last year Dorian made landfall in Nova Scotia as a strong post tropical storm. Nova Scotia Power said Dorian cost the company $39 million while Hurricane Juan in 2003 cost the company $14 million. Both storms saw Nova Scotians without power for extended periods.
Many in Halifax and beyond remember the infamous crane collapse off Spring Garden Road in the city’s downtown at the height of Dorian. That collapse lead to a localized state of emergency in the blocks around the collapse and lasted almost two months while the crane was removed.