Cavendish festival keeping an eye on the sky

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Shane Wasnidge, left, and Dave Sigsworth, from Universum, move sections of one of five video walls that will be used at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this weekend. The largest of the screens will be 25 X 23 feet.

Environment Canada says Arthur will be post-tropical storm if it impacts P.E.I. and the Maritimes this weekend

Arthur isn’t on the concert lineup and he’s not welcome to attend.

But that may not stop the season’s first Atlantic tropical storm from paying P.E.I. a visit this weekend.

Forecasters are keeping a close eye on tropical storm Arthur, which was just east of Florida on Wednesday afternoon.

That includes organizers at Cavendish Beach Music Festival (CBMF), who are keeping an eye on what develops with the weather.

“Nobody’s even talking about that,’’ festival president Jeff Squires said when asked if there was a chance the event, or part of it, could be called off.

“That (storm) could be out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in 24 hours. We’ll continue to keep an eye on it.’’

While CBMF was still moving ahead with its three-day concert this weekend, organizers with Nova Scotia’s Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso called their event off, the first time in its 17-year history the event has been cancelled.

“We consulted a number of forecasting services, including Environment Canada and determined there is a high likelihood of winds in excess of 100 km/h and heavy rainfall,’’ said Troy Greencorn, artistic director of the Stan Rogers festival. “It is impossible in these circumstances for us to guarantee public safety.’’

The P.E.I. Bluegrass and Old-time Music Festival is also scheduled for this weekend in Rollo Bay but The Guardian couldn’t reach organizers on Wednesday.

Linda Libby, meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., went into full operational mode Wednesday morning.

She said Arthur developed towards the northern part of the Caribbean in water temperatures that are four to five degrees warmer than usual.

As of Wednesday, there was a wide cone of uncertainty with Arthur.

The storm’s path could take it through the middle of New Brunswick and impact the entire Maritimes or it could veer well south of Nova Scotia and result in nothing more than a typical day of rain and wind.

Libby said the storm should be post tropical by the time it impacts P.E.I. and that’s expected to happen late Saturday into Sunday.

“But even these types of storms can have a significant impact,’’ Libby said.

That could mean up to 100 millimetres of rain for those to the west of the storm’s track and wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h for folks to the east, certainly enough to take the fun out of doing anything outside.

“Anybody going to some (outdoor) events really should be monitoring this and the organizers should be monitoring this.’’

Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric, said it’s too early to start speculating on a potential weekend storm.

The utility has scheduled a planned power outage on Sunday morning for the entire eastern part of the province to carry out preventative maintenance on the system.

From 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, 20,652 customers are supposed to be without power.

Depending on the weekend forecast at the time, Griffin said a further decision on that planned power outage will be made on Friday.

Libby said Environment Canada still believes it

will be a normal to

below-normal year for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.



Organizations: Environment Canada, Canadian Hurricane Centre, Maritime Electric

Geographic location: P.E.I., Florida, Atlantic Ocean Cape Breton Canso Rollo Bay Dartmouth Caribbean New Brunswick Nova Scotia Atlantic Ocean.dstewart

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Recent comments

  • don
    July 03, 2014 - 16:32

    Cavendish Beach Music Festival . ok but what does the power company got to do with the cbmf? or rolo bay?

  • Susan
    July 03, 2014 - 10:39

    I just read your article on tropical storm Arthur hitting the Maritimes and FYI Canso's Stan Rogers Festival is not in Cape Breton, it is in CANSO on the Eastern Shore of Guysborough County. A beautiful piece of NS but not Cape Breton.

  • Bob Roberts
    July 03, 2014 - 10:30

    Canso is in Guysborough County, that is where the Stan Rogers Folk Festival is held. Not in Cape Breaton, get facts correct before posting please.

  • Bob Roberts
    July 03, 2014 - 10:26

    The Stan Rogers Folf Fesival that was Canceled is in Canso, Guysborough County. Not in Cape Breton like you stated, research your facts before posting.

  • I agree
    July 03, 2014 - 08:39

    Bill, I could not agree more. Sometimes it would be better if people like concert goer stayed off the web and not post comments at all.

  • Halifax concert goer
    July 03, 2014 - 06:43

    Well done the guardian. Why not ask some questions concert goers may be concerned about like, will cbmf follow the lead of stanfest with refunds? This is what's wrong with island media.

    • Bill Meeker
      July 03, 2014 - 08:36

      Concert Goer, it is too bad you did not understand the story. The concert organizers said the event is still a go. Why would they be talking refunds if they are not planning to cancel the concert? There is nothing wrong with the Island media, but there is something wrong with your comprehension of things you read.

    • Capable
      July 03, 2014 - 12:36

      Good job comprehending a simple news article. Did you forget to eat your rocks this morning?