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More hurricanes expected in Atlantic provinces this year, says Cindy Day

Storms like post-tropical storm Dorian last year, can wreak havoc with power lines. This picture shows damage on Central Street in Alberton that brought down utility lines.
Storms like post-tropical storm Dorian last year, can wreak havoc with power lines. This picture shows damage on Central Street in Alberton that brought down utility lines. - SaltWire File

Don’t wait too long to stock up on supplies for potential power outages.

Cindy Day
Cindy Day

That’s the message coming from Cindy Day, chief meteorologist with the SaltWire Network, when talking about the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

That’s when weather experts, especially those at the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., begin keeping an eye on things.

Day said in a traditional season, there would be 12 named storms with six of them actually turning into systems that could impact the region.

This year, she said there are expected to be 18 named storms and eight that could turn into something Islanders would have to worry about.

“It looks like it’s going to be quite an active hurricane season," Day said Tuesday.

“You have to impress upon people that they could all stay to our south.’’

Day said beginning June 1, the experts start watching sea surface temperatures and monitor how quickly those temperatures climb in July and August.

“That will start to give us an idea of how close these systems could track if everything lines up just right."

She said there is no direct correlation between the number of named storms and what, if anything, impacts the Maritimes.

Still, Day said it’s always better to be prepared, just in case.

“That’s right. It’s going to be an active season. Better safe than sorry."


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