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HRM Prepares for Impact of Hurricane Juan
(Sunday, September 28, 2003, 3:30 pm) Halifax Regional Municipality wishes to issue a precautionary advisory to all residents of HRM with regards to the impending Hurricane. Hurricane Juan is anticipated to make landfall at approximately 11 pm tonight somewhere between Mahone Bay and Halifax Harbour. It is anticipated it will have winds of more than 100 km per hour with gusts up to 150 km/h. Heavy rainfall of approximately 80 millimeters is expected. High Tide will also occur at approximately 11 pm. As a result of the high tides, flooding along the coastline is anticipated due to tidal surges and flooding is also expected in low-lying areas
At this time HRM wishes to caution residents to make preparations in anticipation of the hurricane, such as battening down all vessels, loose lawn furniture and other outdoor items, and to be prepared to shelter in their own homes in the event that power is disrupted.
Residents who live in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to consider voluntary evacuation. Official Evacuation orders will be issued should it be deemed necessary as the Hurricane progresses. Municipal EMO Staff and additional operations staff are on standby to deal with the anticipated impact of the hurricane.
Please stay tuned to your local media outlets for further regular updates. For more information please contact the HRM Customer Call Centre at 490-4000 or check the HRM Website at www.halifax.ca Any calls concerning sewer back-ups, flooding or trees-down should be made to 490-4000 or Toll Free: 1 (800) 835-6428
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