Aug. 21, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following severe weather advisory is issued by the Department of Public Safety's Emergency Measures Organization on Friday, Aug. 21:
The track for Hurricane Bill has not yet developed sufficiently for the forecasting of detailed precipitation and wind implications for New Brunswick. However, given Bill's size, significant rainfall and strong winds can be expected, especially in the southern half of the province, with the southeast corner most likely to see the strongest weather. Guidance at this time suggests that southeastern areas could see 60-to-90 millimetres (two-to-four inches) of rain over a 12-to-18-hour period, while other southern areas could see 50-to-75 millimetres (two-to-three inches).
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 occur well in advance of 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.
This advisory will be of particular concern to those who have been affected by similar storms in the past.
Environment Canada forecasts and warnings are available at: http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/.
MEDIA CONTACT: New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, 506-453-2133.