Strong winds from hurricane expected to hit the Maritimes on Saturday

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According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, the storm headed towards the Maritimes is expected to lose its hurricane strength when it arrives in here Saturday, but forecasters say Arthur will still be intense.

Hatfield, store manager at Truro Atlantic Superstore, stocks shelves with bottled water on Thursday in preparation of hurricane Arthur. Local grocery stores are expected to be busier than usual Friday, as local residents stock up on supplies. Joey Smith – Truro Daily News

The centre expects Arthur to be a strong, post-tropical storm with gusts reaching 90 kilometres per hour over exposed areas. It has issued a tropical storm watch for all of Nova Scotia, PEI and south and east New Brunswick.

Meteorologist Bob Robichaud indicates Nova Scotia will experience the strongest winds while New Brunswick could see the most rainfall: up to 100 millimetres in some areas.

Nova Scotia's EMO office reminds residents to: 

- have enough food and water for 72 hours

- monitor local broadcast networks for updates 

- secure gates, doors and windows

- move yard furniture and secure trash cans, hang plants and anything that can be picked up by wind

- check batteries

- fill vehicles with gas and parking them away from trees

- remove dead or diseased branches from trees to make them more wind resistant

- keep pets inside

- move watercraft to high ground

More storm tips can be found at http://novascotia.ca/just/EMO/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/hurricanes.asp .

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

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