Trick or treating will be a soggy proposition, but otherwise, Halifax won’t suffer much because of Hurricane Sandy.
The large and powerful storm is expected to batter New York City and parts of southern Ontario and Quebec starting Monday night, but officials at the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth said Sunday that Halifax and most of Nova Scotia will be spared the worst.
“For Halifax, it’ll probably be a little gusty starting Monday night but then into midday Tuesday is when we’re going to see a bit more in terms of the rainfall,” said senior forecaster Bob Robichaud. “That rain is going to continue into Wednesday, so Halloween doesn’t look for a good day in terms of trick-or-treating.”
The storm had top winds of 120 km/hr on Sunday afternoon, and Robichaud said Bluenosers can expect winds of about 50 to 70 km an hour and 50 to 75 mm of rain.
He said parts of the province will also see impressive storm surges, starting Monday evening.
“The largest waves should be in the extreme southwest of Nova Scotia and those waves should gradually be smaller as we move towards Halifax ,” he said. “It does look like you could have anywhere from five or six and up to eight metres in the extreme southwestern part of Nova Scotia.”
The enormous storm, which includes tropical-storm force winds more than 800 kilometres from its centre, is expected to bring 50 to 100 mm of rain to southern Ontario and Quebec and even more along the shores of lake Ontario.
Winds of up to 100 km/hr are also expected, and forecasters warned Sunday that central Ontario could be in for snow.