October 29, 2012 · 0 Comments
Canadian officials urge residents to get well prepared for Hurricane Sandy and be ready for at least 72 hours without power.
Forecasters warn that some areas of the country could see in excess of 50 millimetres of rain and winds climbing up 100 km/h or more.
Hurricane Sandy could down trees and power lines and cause flooding, hence the Canadian Red Cross issued a few things to be kept ready in case of any emergency:
Four litres of water per person for each day of a 72-hour period (two litres for drinking, and two litres for washing)
Enough non-perishable or canned food for each person for 72 hours, as well as enough food for pets
Mike Morton, the Canadian Red Cross director of disaster management in Ontario, said in a release. “By taking some time now to store emergency food, water and other supplies, you can provide for your entire family during a power outage or evacuation.”
The storm, moving up the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, has already caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights to and from Eastern Canada.
Wind warnings were posted by Environment Canada covering much of southern Ontario, along with parts of Eastern Ontario and western Quebec along the St. Lawrence River.
“Southern Ontario, southern Quebec and southwestern Maritimes will experience high wind gusts and periods of heavy rain beginning later today and continuing into Tuesday,” Environment Canada said in a bulletin issued early Monday.
Heavy rainfall is expected as early as Monday afternoon in Ontario, Monday evening in Quebec and Tuesday morning in the Maritimes. Rainfall is expected to vary between 20 and 50 millimetres depending on the area.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says parts of southern Ontario should brace for 90 km/h winds or higher, especially along western Lake Ontario, the Niagara escarpment, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said the southern shores of the Great Lakes will see the risk of pounding waves and some shoreline flooding.
“If you’re in the Niagara Region [or] if you’re south of [Lake] Huron towards Sarnia, northerly winds will be piling that water up on shore,” Scotland said. “Avoid being near the shore. The waves are fun to look at, but you’ll be doing a dangerous thing to take in those sights.”
Environment Canada said strong winds with gusts exceeding 90 km/h could also batter parts of Quebec.
“The chances of the gusts in the 60 to 90 km/h range are greatest in the evening and overnight,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Etienne Gregoire.
“Typically, when you get in that range, you see branches broken off. With trees having a fair amount of leaves and the ground relatively wet … it’s not impossible to see trees broken off and uprooted.”
Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines have all issued statements warning that flights to and from the U.S. northeast have been or will likely be cancelled in the coming days. Passengers are advised to checked the status of all flights.
More than 300 flight cancellations were posted on the website for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport by mid-morning Monday.