Hurricane Teddy Update 2

NOAA has updated their tracking (next Env. Canada is 3pm) and they now predict 90-100% likelihood of tropical storm-force winds on the whole Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?start#contents

Hurricane Teddy is on track to Hit Nova Scotia starting in just a few hours. It is important residents take this storm seriously, and take precautions.

Given current tracking, it appears Teddy is going to wallop the entire Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.

With the size of the storm, the strength of the winds and how slowly it is moving means it is going to hit Halifax hard, and you can expect significant disruption for the next 24-36 hours.

It will almost certainly not be safe to leave your home by late this afternoon, and as you can see from the graphic above we will have significant wind and rain impacts until tomorrow morning some time.

Please follow http://twitter.com/hfxgov (corrected link) have a battery operated radio ready to go to listen to local radio.

Should we end up getting hit by a serious storm, please help your neighbours, lend a hand, be kind, and be patient.

  • Continue to call 911 in an emergency.
  • Call 311 for downed trees and flooding.
  • Call NSPI for power for downed lines 877-428-6004.

It is not too late to take some of the steps to prepare I outlined in my last update here:

HRM Emergency Operations Centre is stood up and the information I’ve gotten is:

  • Any disruption in municipal services for today and tomorrow have been announced (see below) and ongoing updates regarding municipal service levels will be issued as information becomes available
  • Winds are currently 31 knots (57 km/h) just off our coast, and anticipated to pick up in the coming hours
  • Hurricane Teddy has been downgraded to Cat 1 (from Cat 2) and is transitioning to a powerful post tropical storm
  • Very powerful swells can expect to cause life threating surf and rip current conditions
  • Storm is now moving very slowly which means extended rain and wind over the Halifax region, and increased winds on shore
  • Initial impacts of storm expected by midday Tuesday, with peak period late Tuesday/ early Wednesday; impacts of storm currently expected to remain in the region until at least noon on Wednesday
  • Rainfall: heavy, with accumulation up to 130 mm
  • Winds: 90km/h sustained and gusts up to 120 km/h
  • Public warnings were issued yesterday by Environment Canada

The following is the public service announcement shared by HRM today.

Hurricane Teddy update and service impacts

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following updates and impacts to municipal services as a result of the Hurricane Teddy.

The following information is correct as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Weather Update:
Heavy rain with accumulation up to 130 mm and sustained high winds of 90km/h and gusts up to 120 km/h are expected to begin Tuesday afternoon, and continue overnight into Wednesday.

High storm surges are expected, and all residents should stay away from all areas of the coast or any low-lying areas. Be ready to move inland or to higher ground.

The largest threat to homes and property is flying debris. Please move umbrellas and patio furniture inside and remove anything that high winds could pick up such as garbage containers/bags, flower pots, toys etc. All election signage should also be removed.

Halifax Transit
Halifax Transit ferry service is being suspended as of approximately 2:30 p.m. today and a further announcement will be made on service resuming on Wednesday. Bus and Access-A-Bus service will continue to be monitored and a further update will be provided as the storm progresses.

The last ferry from Halifax to Alderney will run at 2:15 p.m.
The last ferry from Halifax to Woodside will run at 2:22 p.m.

Parks & Recreation
Municipal sports fields, all-weather fields, tracks and baseball diamonds will be closed today and all bookings have been cancelled. An announcement on reopening will be made once the impacts to these facilities have been resolved.

Due to safety concerns, residents are advised to avoid visiting municipal parks until the storm has passed and potential damage, including downed trees, has been addressed.

The status of recreation facilities is also being monitored as the storm progresses. Please call ahead to your local recreation centre for updates.

Solid Waste
Curbside collection of garbage, organics, and recyclables is cancelled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 and is rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

The household special waste depot for Saturday, Sept. 26 is cancelled, and is expected to resume on the following Saturday, Oct. 3.  For further schedule details visit our website at: www.halifax.ca/HSWDepot.

Residents and commercial solid waste haulers are also advised that the following facilities will be closed on Wednesday, September 23:

  • The public drop off at the Otter Lake Waste Facility at 600 Otter Lake Drive (the transfer station will remain open for commercial haulers)
  • The Materials Recycling Facility at 20 Horseshoe Lake Drive
  • The Composting Facilities at 80 Gloria McCluskey Avenue in Burnside and 61 Evergreen Place in Goodwood
  • The rural refuse depot located at 21611 Highway 7 in Sheet Harbour

For further information on solid waste, visit www.halifax.ca/recycle

Please visit halifax.ca/hurricanes or follow @hfxgov on Twitter for all storm-related updates.