Western Nova Scotia feeling effects as Arthur makes landfall

Published on July 5, 2014

Arthur's track as of 3 a.m. July 5.

©Canadian Hurricane Centre - Environment Canada

Environment Canada held its second technical briefing on tropical storm Arthur Saturday morning, confirming the weather system made landfall in the province this morning. 

High winds have knocked out power to thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers.

Live coverage of Arthur here.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Hurricane Centre reported landfall took place just before 11 a.m. in the Meteghan region, north of Yarmouth, bringing with it 110 kilometre per hour winds and rainfall.

The system is moving at a pace of 30 km/hr, slower than it was yesterday. It’s expected to exit the Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island region and move towards Newfoundland overnight before finally moving into the Atlantic Ocean, but for now it’s taking it’s time moving across the province.  

“Yarmouth is the highest wind area right now and some higher winds are still to come,” Chris Fogarty said. “It should ease off in an hour or two but will be a gradual easing off.”

Arthur is the first major storm system to barrel through the Maritimes this year, but storms of this potency are not uncommon this early into the season. In 2006, a storm appeared in mid-June, but was less powerful than Arthur. If Arthur is the beginning of a trend, however, it’s too soon to tell.

“This could be very well the only storm of this strength, or there could be two more," Fogarty said.

Arthur's path will steer it near Cape Breton, where weather warnings remain in place. 

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick.

Environment Canada maintains that flooding due to storm surge is unlikely, but waves of five to seven metres are predicted along the Atlantic coast through Saturday. Rough and pounding surf and rip currents are probable, the weather agency says.