First tropical system of the season
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The first tropical system of the season is expected to bring heavy rain to the Amherst area on Saturday.
AMHERST – The season’s first tropical system is forecast to pass through the area on Saturday, dumping up to 30 mm of rain on the Amherst area.
“It will be a post-tropical system by the time it passes over or near Nova Scotia on Saturday, so it will be more of a rain event than wind,” meteorologist Paula Sutherland of the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Thursday. “We’re expecting between 40 and 50 mm of rain for the Amherst area during the day Saturday.”
The Atlantic hurricane season began earlier this week and while it’s rare for a tropical system to develop this early in the season, Sutherland said it does happen. As recently as last June a tropical system passed through Canadian waters at this time of the year. That system didn’t impact land.
Tropical Storm Andrea formed Wednesday from an area of instability in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is forecast to move along the eastern seaboard today before passing by Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on the weekend.
Sutherland said that while the storm may not pack the punch of a hurricane or tropical storm, it will still have some power in the amount of rain it will dump on the area.
The wind is expected to gust to 70 km/h along the province’s eastern shore.
She said it’s important for people to keep an eye on the forecast for any changes since there is still a lot of uncertainty on the track of the storm.
Cumberland County’s regional EMO co-ordinator said his office will be monitoring the situation closely.
“We have been in contact with the hurricane centre and our radio operators will be prepared to activate the Can-Warn system is necessary,” Jim Hannon said. “At this time there is no indication that this will be a severe weather event, but we’re advising people to be prepared just in case by making sure their rain gutters are clear and to watch for ponding at the side of the road.”
Hannon said people should always have an emergency plan in place and be prepared to be on their own for up to 72 hours in the event of an emergency.