FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents are urged to be prepared and stay informed as the impact of hurricane Dorian is expected to be felt in New Brunswick late Saturday and early Sunday.

The latest forecast from Environment Canada is for severe winds and torrential rain in southeastern New Brunswick. The most likely track projection brings hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night, and then over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence waters or western Newfoundland by Sunday morning. A tropical storm watch is in effect for southeastern New Brunswick.

Sustained winds of 90 km/h and 100 mm of rain are possible in some areas.

The impact of the wind will likely be increased by foliage on the trees, causing broken branches and tree falls, potentially resulting in power outages, blocked roads, and other damage.

“It is important to remember that the first line of readiness in any emergency is the individual,” said New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization director Greg MacCallum. “Everyone has a responsibility to prepare and remain informed during this storm. There is no downside to being prepared and being ready.”

The organization is ready to co-ordinate with and support local governments and first responders as they help residents and communities, should the need arise.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization offers the following advice:

  • People need to be able to meet their needs for at least three days. A 72-hour preparedness kit is essential.
  • People living or working in coastal areas should remain vigilant about the threat posed by waves and storm surge. This is not the time for recreational boating.
  • Localized flooding is a potential threat. Homeowners should make sure their gutters are clear and guiding water away from the home and should make sure catch basins near the home are clear.
  • Complete any essential travel and preparedness efforts on Friday or early in the day Saturday. Once the storm begins, avoid non-emergency travel.
  • Drivers should avoid roads covered by water. Water may be deeper than it appears and may conceal sinkholes or other damage and debris.
  • High winds are likely. Objects that could blow away and become potentially dangerous projectiles, such as lawn furniture, should be secured or taken inside.
  • Power outages are possible. Residents who have a generator should make sure they have sufficient fuel and that it is in proper working order. Those who have a generator but have never used it are encouraged to read the instructions on how to operate it safely.

More information about storm preparedness is available online.