Mayor Urges Residents To Take Storm Precautions

    HALIFAX, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Mayor Peter Kelly today urged residents of
Halifax Regional Municipality to ensure they have emergency supplies and take
appropriate precautions in light of the heavy rains and high winds forecast
for this weekend.
    Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the HRM area, advising
that the post-tropical storm Noel is expected to approach Nova Scotia tomorrow
and then track across the Gulf of St Lawrence on Sunday. The main threat with
this system will be high winds and heavy rain. Gusty easterly winds to 100
km/h will develop Saturday afternoon along the Atlantic coast. Rainfall
amounts of 40 to 60 millimetres are expected especially over the western half
of Nova Scotia. Conditions are forecast to gradually improve on Sunday.
    Mayor Kelly said residents should be prepared in the event of power
outages, flooding and property damage due to high winds and heavy rainfall.
EMO, the Red Cross and many other emergency response agencies regularly
recommend that citizens be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72
hours during a natural disaster or public emergency.
    The Mayor said residents should have things such as an ample supply of
food, potable water, flashlights, batteries, a transistor radio and an
emergency response plan for all family members in the event they are forced to
evacuate their homes and neighbourhood.
    "Storm weather is being forecast, not a hurricane, but I believe its
always better to be safe than sorry. We live in a coastal region and sometimes
our weather is a little more severe than in other provinces," he said.
    Mayor Kelly also reminded residents to ensure catch basins in front of
their property are clear and free of fallen leaves and other debris to prevent
    Residents are asked to stay tuned for Environment Canada and media
weather updates (including emergency Community Radio at 97.9 FM) over the
weekend for any new storm developments.

For further information:

For further information: Mayor Peter Kelly, (902) 490-4010

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