FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents are urged to be prepared and stay informed as the impact of Post-tropical Storm Elsa is expected to be felt in New Brunswick on Friday and Saturday.

Rainfall warnings have been issued for all areas of New Brunswick by Environment and Climate Change Canada, with 50 to 100 millimetres of total rainfall expected over parts of the province between today and Saturday morning. Strong winds are expected over the Bay of Fundy on Friday evening. The weather conditions could impact those living in coastal areas and areas prone to localized flooding.

New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization is ready to co-ordinate with and support local governments and first responders to assist residents and communities, should the need arise.

New Brunswickers can take steps to protect their families and their properties, including:

  • monitoring local forecasts;
  • making sure catch basins and gutters are clear and guiding water away from the home;
  • securing or storing lawn furniture and other items on the property to prevent damage from high winds; and

Power outages are possible. To prepare for or report an outage, visit NB Power’s website. Residents who have a generator should ensure 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.

Anyone travelling into the province this weekend should monitor conditions, especially if they are unfamiliar with the region. If driving is necessary, adjust speed and route to match road conditions. Localized water pooling on roads and washouts are possible. For road conditions, dial 511 within New Brunswick.

More information about storm preparedness is available online.