While the anxiously-awaited Hurricane Dorian is not expected to make an official landfall in Nova Scotia until late-afternoon on Saturday, people in the area have already taken to social media to share their experiences of the storm. Using the hashtag #NSStorm, residents of the Maritime province have been sharing photos and videos of the current weather conditions, as they nervously await the hurricane ahead.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia as a Category 1 hurricane by this evening, bringing with it a barrage of torrential rain and gusts of wind up to 140 kilometres per hour. The Canadian Hurricane Centre has put weather warnings in place for most of the mainland, as well as for Cape Breton.
Environment Canada has also issued storm warnings for Prince Edward Island, southeastern New Brunswick, and western Newfoundland. After making landfall in Nova Scotia, Hurricane Dorian is expected to move towards the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it will transform into a post-tropical storm.
By Saturday morning, Hurricane Dorian was still approximately 500 km southwest of Halifax. However, that didn’t stop residents of Nova Scotia getting a taste of what is to come. The beginning of the weekend brought heavy rains to parts of the provinces, with wind speeds exceeding 90 kilometres per hour.
As the beginnings of the storm hit the province, Nova Scotia locals took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the weather they were experiencing in their area.
One Twitter user shared a video of the dark and gloomy sky in her town, writing, “The sky right now is ominous!”
Another Nova Scotia resident shared a clip of the coastline, where the wind was just starting to pick up. The Twitter user wrote, “Dorian has arrived! Get wherever you need to be by 1PM folks - hardest hit will come late afternoon, early evening.”
A number of local people also shared photos of the empty shelves in their local supermarkets and food stores. As it appears people have been stockpiling in preparation for the storm, one Twitter user shared a picture of an extremely busy Costco.
The user wrote, “This is the scene at Costco in Halifax Nova Scotia people are lined up for supplies before Hurricane Dorian arrives Saturday”
Another shared a similar picture of empty shelves, joking, “We’re officially screwed. Even the lightly salted are gone.”
The centre of the storm is expected to land near or just east of Halifax by late Saturday afternoon, into the early evening. Widespread power outages are also likely in the area.
If you’re in one of the affected areas, stay indoors, stay safe, and eat all your ice-cream now! Just in case!