Emergency Measures Organization

Severe weather warning issued (08/09/28)

NB 1407

Sept. 28, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization has issued a severe weather warning for all of New Brunswick.

Hurricane Kyle will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Atlantic Canada tonight and tomorrow. Significant rainfall, hurricane-force wind gusts and widespread power outages are likely with this storm.

Environment Canada advises that total rainfall of up to 100 mm (four inches) is expected, and local amounts in excess of that are possible. Strong winds sustained at 65 km and gusting to 110 km per hour are expected over southern New Brunswick Sunday night as Kyle crosses the area.

Rainfall in these amounts can result in rapid increases in water levels in streams and rivers, and in localized flash flooding. Power outages are also possible, as this storm has the potential to damage trees and overhead power lines.

Marine impacts, such as high seas and heavy surf, will accompany the storm's arrival. People should be particularly cautious in coastal areas because of high winds and dangerous surf.

People living or working along watercourses or coastal areas should take steps to protect their property and remain on alert until the storm has passed.

The public is reminded that the best way to access emergency services is to call 9-1-1. People should only call 9-1-1 for urgent situations.

Because of the risk of widespread power outages, people should be generally prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours. Now is a good time to gas up, fill your propane tank and go to the store. For information on how to self-prepare, visit the Public Safety Canada Get Prepared web site at: http://www.getprepared.ca/index_e.asp.

Environment Canada has issued local wind and rainfall warnings for most areas of New Brunswick. The public is advised to monitor conditions and local forecasts. Environment Canada forecasts and warnings are available at: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/.

A complete list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada at: http://meteo.gc.ca/warnings/nb_e.html.

Canadian Hurricane Centre bulletins are available at: http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/weather/hurricane/index_e.html


MEDIA CONTACT: New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 506-453-2133.