Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall near Halifax Saturday evening, proceeding on a track to the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence on Sunday as a powerful post-tropical storm. Much of New Brunswick, including Salisbury here in the southeastern region, is under a Tropical Storm Warning, a Rainfall Warning, and a Wind Warning issued by Environment Canada/Canadian Hurricane Centre. This means there is a threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall. Total rainfall amounts of 50-100 mm are expected throughout southern and eastern New Brunswick before the rain ends overnight or Sunday morning. Tropical storm force winds gusting to 90 km/h can be expected.
The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/emo.html) offers the following advice:
- People need to be able to meet their needs for at least three days. A 72-hour preparedness kit is essential (https://www.nbpower.com/en/outages/preparing-for-outages/).
- People living or working in coastal areas should remain vigilant about the threat posed by waves and storm surge. This is not the time for recreational boating.
- Again, localized flooding is a potential threat. Homeowners should make sure their gutters are clear and guiding water away from the home, and should also make sure catch basins and roadside storm drains nearby are clear of debris.
- Once the storm begins, avoid non-emergency travel.
- Drivers should avoid roads covered by water. Water may be deeper than it appears and may conceal sinkholes or other damage and debris.
- High winds are likely. Objects that could blow away and become potentially dangerous projectiles, such as lawn furniture, should be secured or taken inside.