Feb. 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following weather advisory is issued by the Department of Public Safety's New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB-EMO) on Sunday, Feb. 22:
A significant snowstorm is being forecast for most of New Brunswick, and Environment Canada is now predicting a storm surge of between 80 and 100 centimetres in coastal areas, particularly in the region between Pointe-du-Chêne and Le Goulet.
People should be very cautious in coastal areas because of high winds, heavy snowfall and dangerous surf. This advisory will be of particular concern to those who have been affected by similar storms in the past.
In addition, winds of between 80 and 90 kilometres per hour, and snowfall accumulations of between 25 and 35 centimetres can also be expected throughout the province. Driving conditions overnight, particularly in the east and southeast, will be hazardous, and people should avoid unnecessary travel.
Localized flooding, rapid water level increases in streams and rivers and power outages are possible. Areas of poor drainage may sustain standing water and flooding of basements.
People living or working in coastal areas should take steps to protect their property and remain on alert until the storm has passed.
More information is available at: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/nb_e.html.
MEDIA CONTACT: N.B. Emergency Measures Organization, 1-800-561-4034.