A massive, slow-moving storm is dodging Atlantic Canada, with Environment Canada warning that southwestern Newfoundland could be drenched with up to 300 millimeters of rain by Thursday night.
Rain and wind warnings remain in effect for most of the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, while a rain warning is in effect for eastern Nova Scotia.
The Newfoundland RCMP said this morning that a washout on the Trans-Canada Highway in Port aux Basques had made both lanes impassable, and the Department of Transportation was assessing damage to the road.
Environment Canada has issued a rain and wind warning for the Port aux Basque area, saying a further 70 to 100 mm of rain could fall, or more than 150 over high terrain with speeds of up to 110 km/h. Might be possible. The city usually receives an average of about 160 mm of rain throughout the month of November.
Victoria County on Cape Breton Island declared a state of emergency late Tuesday.
“Residents need shelter in place until further notice,” the county said on Twitter.
“The Provincial Public Works Department is currently assessing roads and bridges for safety. Employees are working hard, so please stay home, and let them do their jobs.”
Environment Canada says eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton may receive a total of 100 to 150 mm of rain by late Wednesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2021.