Forecast calls for high, damaging winds

Batten down the hatches.

Environment Canada is predicting winds reaching up to 100 km/hr. in Lunenburg and Queens County overnight on March 2 and into March 3.

The forecaster is warning that a low pressure system currently south of Cape Cod will continue to intensify into a large powerful storm which will drift well south of Nova Scotia on Saturday. Heavy rain associated with this system should remain offshore.

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring, Environment Canada said in an alert issued on March 2.

Northeasterly winds will intensify throughout the day over western Nova Scotia. Wind gusts will reach up to 100 km/h along the coastline of Queens and Lunenburg counties tonight and Saturday morning.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.

As well, along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia from Halifax to Yarmouth county, large waves and pounding surf as well as higher than normal water levels are expected at high tides this evening, Saturday and also Sunday morning.

Of note, astronomical high tides will be running high during this period of elevated water levels adding to a risk of coastal flooding especially during Saturday's second high tide.

The storm is the remnants of a powerful system that battered the east coast of the U.S. on March 1.

The New York Times reported on March 2 that "Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's office in Taunton, Mass., said the storm was essentially an area of low pressure that was moving northeast - strengthening and spiraling before it comes to a halt for about two days."

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