Friday, September 23, 6 pm
This update includes the latest Environment Canada statement, updated HRM info, provincial info, and a comprehensive list of contacts you may need.
This is a short update as the messaging has not changed much in 24 hours and should be read as adding to and supplementing yesterday’s update.
Environment Canada is saying “This storm will be a severe event for Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec. Numerous weather models continue to indicate that Fiona will transition into a very powerful post-Tropical storm as it makes landfall in eastern Nova Scotia early Saturday morning. This storm is still on track to produce very heavy rainfall and severe winds.”
While the storm track has shifted somewhat north, the storm front is so wide it will still impact all of HRM.
As always, help your neighbours, lend a hand, be kind, and be patient.
As this is an evolving situation, it is always best to keep up to date via the official social media channels/website as well:
- Some great preparedness tips and updates are being shared by NS EMO ahead of Hurricane Fiona: https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyManagementOfficeNovaScotia / https://twitter.com/nsemo
- As the storm starts to impact municipal services – including information on sheltering locations, transit/waste service disruptions, etc. HRM staff will be actively updating this webpage: halifax.ca/severeweather. Keep an eye on municipal updates to share from the social channels as well: https://www.facebook.com/hfxgov
- Follow my emo twitter list here: https://twitter.com/WayeMason/lists/emo-yhz
Environment Canada Watch and Warning
Hurricane warning in effect for Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
Strong tropical storm force winds of 80 gusting to 120 km/h over exposed areas with surge of 1.0 to 1.3 m and waves from 7 to 10 m from Hurricane Fiona are expected.
This warning represents the region just outside the severe core of Hurricane / Severe Post-Tropical Fiona. Winds may gust to hurricane-force inland and a bit higher where winds blow onshore. Winds will be cold and from the northwest on the west side of the track between mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. They will be from the south over western Newfoundland east of the track, and easterly along southern Newfoundland.
Local wind warnings have been issued with additional details and local effects.
This could result in moderate damage to docks and breakwaters. Significant shoreline erosion and wave overwash is expected where winds blow onshore. Stay away from the shore – the combination of surge and large waves could result in dangerous rip currents and the risk of being pulled out to sea.
A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected over parts of the region within 24 hours. Hurricane conditions include (A) sustained winds near 120 km/h or more, and/or (B) significantly elevated water levels and dangerous surf along the coast.
By nature, a hurricane also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall – consult your local area forecast for possible rainfall warnings.
Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Reports of storm conditions and impacts can be emailed directly to NSstorm@ec.gc.ca or by tweeting reports by province using #NSStorm, #NBStorm, #PEStorm, #NLwx, #QCStorm or #ONStorm.
Public Weather Alerts: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ns
Current Hurricane Conditions: https://weather.gc.ca/hurricane/index_e.html
Halifax Transit suspending all service due to Hurricane Fiona
The Halifax Regional Municipality is closely monitoring #HurricaneFiona as it approaches the region Friday, September 23 into Saturday, September 24. Please be advised that all Halifax Transit bus, Access-A-Bus and ferry service will be suspended as of 8:30 p.m. Friday.
- To view the latest information about municipal service level adjustments and emergency shelter locations, visit halifax.ca/severeweather.
- To learn about hurricane preparedness and how to keep your family safe, visit halifax.ca/hurricanes.
- To sign-up for hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system, visit halifax.ca/hfxalert. Subscribers will receive urgent and non-urgent public alerts by phone, email or text.
Evacuation Centres are being opened at the following locations:
- Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax Acadia Centre, 636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
- Acadia Centre, 636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
- St Margaret’s Centre, 12 Westwood Boulevard, Upper Tantallon
- Musquodoboit Harbour Community Centre, 7900 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour
These locations will be open starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 23. They will remain open until the storm passes, or as needed. Further locations may be opened if necessary. Residents can self-evacuate to these centres anytime during the storm; however, they are advised to travel only when it is safe to do so. If residents experience damage to their homes during the storm and cannot safely evacuate, they should call 911.
SUPPORT FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
In partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, the East Dartmouth Community Centre is being opened as an emergency shelter for those experiencing homelessness starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Staffing is being provided by 902 Man Up.
Another emergency shelter will be opened in Sackville, located at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church, with Beacon House as the service provider. Staffing and food costs at both locations will be funded by the province.
Street Outreach Navigators and outreach workers will be visiting encampment sites to advise people on the sheltering options are available. This work is already underway. Transportation to these shelters is being organized through the municipality in coordination with the province.
The Halifax Ground Search and Rescue team will be doing wellness checks during the hurricane to check on the safety of anyone who chooses not to leave an encampment or outdoor sheltering location.
There is a well-established process in place to open comfort centres when they are needed. Planning remains underway to identify potential locations that would be opened once the worst of the weather has passed, so that staff and residents are not travelling during the storm. More information about these locations will be shared as soon as it is available.
23 September 2022 – Some municipalities are preparing to open comfort centres and shelters across the province as hurricane Fiona approaches. Residents are encouraged to check with their municipality for the latest information on services and centres in their communities.
23 September 2022 – Hurricane Fiona will hit Nova Scotia Friday night (23 September 2022) with damaging winds, heavy rain and dangerous storm surge. Stay indoors. Avoid the coastline and rivers. Charge devices and have enough supplies for at least 72 hours. Listen for further updates from officials.
Preparing for an emergency
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Learn what to do before, during and after an emergency. Government closures, cancellations and service changes
Check for closures, cancellations and service changes for up-to-date provincial government office and facility closures.Road conditionsRoad conditions are posted at 511.novascotia.ca.
Latest Hurricane Fiona news releases and announcements:
- Provincial Parks, Wildlife Park Closing Due to Hurricane Fiona – 22 September 2022
- Preparing for Hurricane Fiona – 21 September 2022
Important Contact & Other Info
Non-Emergency (when an officer is required to come to the scene but it’s not an emergency): 902-490-5020
Public health: 811
Telephone repair service: 611
Information about provincial roads in NS: 511
Directory assistance: 411
HRM/municipal inquiries: 311 / 1-800-835-6428 / firstname.lastname@example.org
If residents experience flooding or other areas of concern during the storm, they should report them to 311 or Halifax Water’s Customer Care Centre 24/7 Emergency Line at 902-420-9287.
Community and social services: 211
Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office:
https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyManagementOfficeNovaScotia / https://twitter.com/nsemo
1-902-424-5620 / Toll-free 1-866-424-5620
- Outage map, outage reporting and estimated restoration times: http://outagemap.nspower.ca/ or call 1-877-428-6004
- Information on restoration phases: http://nspower.ca/storm
NS Public Works:
1-844-696-7737 / email@example.com
Canadian Red Cross:
1-800-222-9597 / 1-902-423-3680
Environment Canada Hurricane Track: https://weather.gc.ca/hurricane/track_e.html