As Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way towards Canada, residents of the East Coast are preparing for the storm that is set to hit the area this weekend. Environment Canada released a Hurricane Watch for parts of the Maritimes and is warning of significant rainfall and near-hurricane conditions. It's possible that these conditions could last as long as 36 hours is some parts of Canada.
Canadians have been tracking the path of Hurricane Dorian this week after weather experts announced that there was a chance it could still be a Category 1 Hurricane when it reached Canada.
Now, Environment Canada has confirmed that there is a possibility that the storm will still bear near-hurricane conditions as it hits the Canadian provinces. Due to this, they have issued a Hurricane Watch for parts of the Maritimes.
The Hurricane Watch is currently in effect for most of Nova Scotia, while a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for parts of P.E.I, Quebec, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick.
While all areas will see Tropical Storm like conditions, Nova Scotia will be getting the brunt end of the storm and can see near-hurricane conditions throughout the weekend.
According to Environment Canada, parts of Nova Scotia can expect the hurricane to move into the area on Saturday, bring severe gusts of wind that can reach up to 150km/h throughout Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
On top of this, 50 to 100mm of rain can be seen throughout the area, and in some areas north of the hurricane rainfall can exceed over 150mm.
The storm is expected to last throughout the region for 36 hours and could cause local flooding and damage.
RCMP have also issued a warning as Hurricane Dorian approached, warning residents to keep roads clear and refrain from travel if possible.
If drivers do choose to travel during the storm, RCMP is asking them to clear the road for emergency vehicles and beware of decreased visibility, flooding, and wind-blown debris.
The RCMP is also encouraging residents to stay away from beaches and shorelines as the storm can cause deadly conditions near the waters.
Anyone who is in the area is asked to monitor alerts and forecasts on the Environment Canada website as the storm nears.