Winds to pick up overnight

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HALIFAX – An Environment Canada meteorologist expects the Amherst area is likely to avoid serious effects from Hurricane Sandy, currently pounding America’s eastern seaboard.

Winds will pick up tonight and tomorrow in the Amherst area, according to Tracey Talbot, at the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax. Gusts may hit 70 km/h. There could be rain, which may build in intensity through Wednesday. The heaviest rainfall would occur tomorrow night and into Wednesday morning, possibly exceeding 50 mm.

“With gusty winds…it’s possible you’d see broken branches, that kind of thing,” she said, when asked about safety and/or property damage.

No warnings have been issued for Cumberland County so far.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Amherst, America Cumberland County

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