Bruce: Beta to bring tropical rains through mid-week

Katie Ramirez
September 23, 2020

The latest forecast says Teddy could churn out gusts between 80 and 100 kilometres per hour, though the strongest winds were expected on Wednesday when the centre of the storm passes over the region.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy is expected to move near Bermuda with gusty winds, but the worst of the storm is expected to miss the island.

It was still sitting about 450 km south of Nova Scotia as of about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"Any time between now and when the storm moves away around [the] afternoon tomorrow, we could see a new band of rain that could cause flooding to structures".

At 8:10 a.m. Tuesday, Space City Weather updated its Flood Scale alert from Stage 2 to Stage 3 for the Houston metro area south of I-10, forecasting the potential for "significant flash flooding" similar to what occurred during Tropical Storm Imelda past year and the 2016 Memorial Weekend floods.

By early afternoon, power outages were being reported along the Atlantic coast and in northern Nova Scotia, affecting nearly 1,000 customers as of 3 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon, among Teddy's outer circles sailed over Nova Scotia brining thick rain throughout the province. Sidebottom stated 170 of these crews had lately arrived in Nova Scotia from states over the Atlantic area.

"In situations where there are multiple power outages, Nova Scotia Power restores power in phases to ensure critical services like hospitals can stay open before beginning work in other areas", the utility said in a news release. "That's what we need to avoid with this particular storm".

The Canadian and Nova Scotia flags flap in the wind in Fishermans Cove on Tuesday as several boats remain tied up hoping to ride out Teddy.- Tim Krochak

We've had so many storms this year that authorities run out of names and started naming them after the letters in the Greek alphabet.

Paul Mason, executive director of Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office, said comfort stations set up for those fleeing the storm will comply with public health rules regarding physical distancing.

Hurricane Teddy, soon to be a powerful extratropical cyclone, sweeps north towards Canada.

Storm surge warnings are also in effect along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia from Yarmouth County through to eastern Cape Breton County.

By noon, the store still had a full supply of potato chips, which is unusual because Nova Scotians are known for quickly stocking up on "storm chips" in advance of nasty weather.

Rain is to begin at about 10 a.m. Tuesday in Halifax.

The National Weather Service said areas south and east of Houston had already seen 10 inches (25 centimetres) or more of rain by midday Tuesday because of Beta.

Some Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning flights to Halifax Stanfield worldwide airport have been cancelled, as well as the Northumberland Ferries to Prince Edward Island.

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