RCMP warning public to use caution at coastlines as Hurricane Bill approaches

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RCMP warning public to use caution at coastlines as Hurricane Bill approaches

With the advance of Hurricane Bill, the RCMP is urging Nova Scotians to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.

The public is asked to refrain from sightseeing in high storm surge areas, especially around beaches and shorelines.

With Environment Canada predicting high sea swells and wayward waves along the coast, conditions impose an extreme threat to individuals who feel the urge to visit the coastlines to get a closer look at the ocean. The surf can easily knock individuals over and pull them out to sea with the undertow.

Public safety is paramount and with high winds and significant rainfall expected, many roads and highways at sea level are at a risk of being damaged or washed out.

There could also be an abundance of rain associated with this storm, with water pooling on the highways and roadways to make hydro-planing a huge possibility. The RCMP is advising the public to slow down and allow extra time for traveling. If the rainfall becomes too heavy and it is necessary to pull off the highway, park off on the shoulders as far as you can and activate four-way hazard lights.

Organizations: RCMP, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotians

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