Jul 04, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Hurricane Arthur will make landfall in southwestern Nova Scotia tomorrow morning – packing near-hurricane gusts and torrential rainfall as the powerful storm churns across the Maritimes.

That’s the prediction from the Halifax-based Canadian Hurricane Centre.

And Arthur is poised to track through Nova Scotia – at a time of year when few people expect to see such an intense storm.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Nova Scotia, P-E-I, and southern and eastern New Brunswick.

The storm is forecast to create gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour – enough to bring down some trees and cause electricity to be lost in both Nova Scotia and eastern Prince Edward Island.

As the tropical weather system moves over the region it will collide with a cold front – bringing downpours primarily through southern and central New Brunswick.

The hurricane centre says there are parts of the province where up to 150 millimetres of rain are expected to fall.

Meanwhile,  out west–

In Manitoba, members of the Canadian Forces will be helping to protect about 200 homes threatened by a surge of floodwater.

Premier Greg Selinger has declared a provincial state of emergency after torrential rain caused flooding – that could exceed records set in 2011.

Soldiers are expected to be on the ground tomorrow to help fill sandbags.

They will have to move quickly if dikes are breached and will be bringing  special equipment to get into isolated areas.

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