Pending storm reason to get ready, not panic: Bowyer

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Be prepared but don't panic is the message from the Canadian Hurricane Centre as a Category 4 storm gains strength in the Atlantic Ocean.
"This is a good time to be ready. This is not a 'batten down the hatches' kind of a message," program supervisor Peter Bowyer said in an interview with the Truro Daily News yesterday. "This is just 'let's be ready.'"
There are a few websites where people can learn more about being prepared for a hurricane. They are: and while is considered a good storm-tracking website.
"This is a really good opportunity for everyone to remember it is hurricane season," Bowyer said. "We're watching a particular storm that right now indicates that it may be heading in our direction for the weekend or early next week."
But because it was still 1,800 kilometres southeast of Bermuda yesterday a lot can change, making it difficult to accurately predict what will happen. At noon yesterday it was listed as a dangerous category four hurricane with wind speeds of 135 miles per hour.
"The (storm) could actually head up the Bay of Fundy or just miss us completely to the south," Bowyer said.
Generally, a five-day forecast of a hurricane has an error between 370 and 400 kilometres. But he said as each day passes the centre will get a better idea of what to expect and will provide updates on its website.
Some Nova Scotians have paid more attention to the hurricane happenings since hurricane Juan hit Nova Scotia in late September 2003. But Bowyer said Bill is nothing like Juan as far as location of where it formed, strength and direction it is coming from.
Hurricane season runs from June to November when the Atlantic waters are warmer. Last year, Cristobal tracked through the southern marine district of Atlantic Canada, Hanna passed through the southern Maritimes while Kyle moved through all three Maritime provinces.

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda, Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada Southern Maritimes Maritime

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