FREDERICTON (GNB) – With the arrival of post-tropical storm Lee in the province, residents and visitors are being encouraged, if they are able, to stay home and stay safe.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, the post-tropical storm will bring wind and rain to many areas of the province today through Sunday.

“Though Lee has transitioned from a hurricane to a strong post-tropical cyclone, our concerns about the threat it poses are unchanged,” “said Kyle Leavitt, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization director. “In fact, Lee has arrived faster and with slightly greater intensity than expected.”

Possible conditions include:

  • Most areas of the province are seeing peak wind speeds today of between 60-80 km/h. However, wind warnings have been issued for the Fundy coastline, where strong wind gusts of 90-120 km/h are expected.
  • Total rainfall amounts in the province will range from 50 up to120 millimetres. Rainfall warning have been issued for southern New Brunswick.
  • Elevated water levels, very large waves and rough surf are being seen in the Bay of Fundy. These conditions are also possible in the Bay of Chaleur as the winds funnel into the bay.

These kinds of conditions can lead to power outages, localized flooding, and road closures. The latest information about the storm is available online.

The New Brunswick 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 are advised to continue to monitor local forecasts.

Power outages are being experienced across the province and NB Power is responding as quickly and safely as possible. To report an outage, visit NB Power’s website.

All Fundy Isles ferry services are suspended, this includes coastal ferry services to Grand Manan, Deer Island and White Head. People are asked to limit travel to essential purposes in areas at risk and adjust driving to road and weather conditions. For road closures and road conditions, including ferry services, visit online or dial 511 within New Brunswick.

Appropriate measures should also be taken to ensure food safety if power outages occur. More information is available online.

If you are in an emergency where you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911. If it is not an emergency and a local issue, please contact your local government or your local emergency measure organization. If they are unable to assist, you can then call New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization at 1-800-561-4034. For environmental emergencies call 1-800-565-1633.

It is normal to feel stress, anxiety, grief and worry during and after a stressful situation. A list of programs and services that may help are available online.