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Canadian Hurricane Centre Says To Prepare Now For Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hurricane Dorion struck Nova Scotia last season and was the most costly storm in Nova Scotia Power’s history.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre said today that we can expect an above average active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bob Robichaud, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, provided an outlook on what to expect this hurricane season and a warning that Canadians are advised to prepare early.

It is important for Canadians to prepare and it’s particularly important to prepare early this year. Stores tend to see line ups before major storms, with social distancing rules, this is something you want to avoid this year.

Officially, hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but the Atlantic already had one named storm. Tropical Storm Arthur formed off the Bahamas and brought rain to the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are above average and are forecasted to remain above average.

Robichaud said that we can expect 13 – 19 named storms as the National Hurricane Centre in the United States reported yesterday. 

Six to ten of these storms are predicted to be hurricanes. Three to six of these are predicted to be major hurricanes.

Last year, Nova Scotia saw the harsh affects of Hurricane Dorion which caused major damage across the province. The storm approached our shores as a Category Two Hurricane and landed as a Category One.

Many will remember the sight of a construction crane collapsing in a busy Halifax neighborhood. A state of emergency remained in place in the blocks around the collapse for months while crews worked to remove the crane.

Stay up to date with the latest hurricane information. You can download Environment Canada’s Weather App  in the App Store and Google Play Store. You can also visit The Canadian Hurricane Centre’s website.

You should get prepared for hurricane season now. Get emergency preparedness information on the Federal Government’s Website.

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