Batten down the hatches. The first tropical storm of the season is set to lash the South Shore with heavy rain and winds on August 29.
Environment Canada has issued alerts for both Lunenburg and Queens Counties warning that tropical system Erin or its remnants will approach Western N.S. Thursday evening and then track into the Gulf of St. Lawrence Friday morning.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds, with rainfall amounts of up to 60 millimetres possible. The forecaster advises that southwesterly wind gust could reach up to 60 or 70 kilometres an hour.
Environment Canada isn't expecting storm surges or coastal impacts from high waves at the time of writing; however, the agency warned that after midnight into Friday morning waves near four metres will spread from west to east along N.S.'s Atlantic coast and will break higher along the beaches.
Environment Canada also says that rip currents will be an issue, and advises the public to exercise caution near the coast.
AccuWeather reiterated Environment Canada's warning about the rough surf and rip currents, saying those will batter coastal communities from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England and Atlantic Canada.
"Minor coastal flooding and/or beach erosion can occur as well," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.
Generally, Accuweather predicted that with the fast movement of Erin, impacts will be limited to 24 hours or less in most locations.
"By Friday night, any rain or wind from this system will come to an end as it moves eastward over the open waters of the North Atlantic," Adamson said.
Nova Scotia Power said that it will activate is Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at noon on Thursday in advance of the storm.
"There can be a lot of variability with tropical storms, so we're activating our EOC to ensure we are fully prepared for
any impacts Erin may bring," said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power's Storm Lead.
"We're placing crews around the province and working with staff and contractors to make sure we can respond safely and quickly as needed. We are closely monitoring the weather forecasts, so if the storm shifts, we can modify our response effort too."
N.S. Power is particularly concerned over the high winds, which have the potential to bring trees and branches into
contact with power lines, causing outages.
Nova Scotia Power's EOC provides centralized coordination for outage restoration planning and response, as well as
liaison with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO). If power outages occur, Nova Scotia Power will operate its EOC until the last customer is safely restored.