Bill prompts tropical storm warnings in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX -- The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued its first tropical storm warnings and hurricane storm watch stemming from hurricane Bill.

The centre has issued tropical storm warnings for the Halifax area and parts of Nova Scotia including the Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties.

A tropical storm warning means that sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour are expected in those regions within the next day, and implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall.

Areas further east along the province, including Cape Breton, have been placed under a hurricane watch, meaning that a hurricane poses a possible threat to those areas within the next 36 hours.

Meanwhile, Marine Atlantic announced they are suspending service between Port aux Basques, N.L. and North Sydney, N.S. beginning Sunday morning because they are expecting severe weather conditions.

The last ferries are sailing tonight at 8 p.m.

John Majchrowicz, vice-president of operations, said it's too high of a risk to have the ferries in the water and the suspension will be in effect for at least 24 hours.

Rainfall warnings have been issued for all of Nova Scotia and eastern Prince Edward Island for Sunday, with total amounts ranging from 75 to 150 millimetres.

As of 9 a.m. Atlantic time today, the centre said hurricane-force winds of 120 km/h, with gusts to 140 km/h, are expected to affect eastern Nova Scotia and southern Cape Breton.


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