LATER SUNDAY: Ramona Jennex, our MLA, and Minister of Emergency Management said:
“Nova Scotians are extremely resilient and very well-experienced with storms,” she said. “They’re making sure that their families are safe and … are keeping an eye on their neighbours to make sure that they’re safe, too.”
Jennex said hurricane Juan – which tore through parts of the Maritimes in September 2003 – has taught hardy Nova Scotians not to simply shrug off weather warnings.
“Many lessons were learned through that storm system,” said Jennex, who prepared for Bill with a crank radio, flashlights and canned food. [Source]
SUNDAY: Not much use giving you the NS Power outage map is it? But here it is. Some power out in Halifax and Yarmouth so far.
LATER: Latest from Brett – As of 4 pm today[Sat].
This is the latest Accuweather (Brett’s) analysis – as of noon today – on Bill.
Bill has about 12 hours left for any chance of intensification. Bill is now a category 2 hurricane and will be a category 1 when it moves up into Nova Scotia on Sunday. Bill should be turning more extratropical as it moves into Newfoundland, but there will still be high end sustained tropical storm force winds and category 1 hurricane force wind gusts along the southeast coast of Newfoundland Sunday night.
–Bill is still moving slight west of due north at this time, which gives me confidence in my track from yesterday (center making landfall near Cape Canso, Nova Scotia Sunday afternoon, right over Sydney, NS Sunday evening and then right up through Placentia Bay, NL early Monday morning.
–Heaviest rainfall, on the order of 75-100 mm will impact a large part of Nova Scotia starting late tonight and into tomorrow, with the highest amounts about 50-150 km north and west of the actual track of the center.
–I still expect category 1 hurricane conditions along the southeast and east facing coast of Nova Scotia starting early Sunday morning. The strongest winds of around 130 kmh will impact the coast mainly from just east of Halifax to up near Sydney.
–The back edge of the heavier rainfall will get up to near an Amherst to Charlottetown line and points south and east from there.
–Tropical storm force winds (excess of 62 km/h) will get back to Saint John, NB and Moncton, NB. Farther north and west from there the winds will quickly ease up.
Ibiseye track as of Sat. 6pm