Tropical storm Arthur threat closes N.S. music festival

Dave Stewart
Published on July 2, 2014

The Canadian Hurricane Centre is keeping an eye on tropical storm Arthur, which is expected to intensify into a hurricane and affect weather in Atlantic Canada on the weekend.

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Prince Edward Island could be looking at up to 100 millimetres of rain and winds gusting to 90 km/h late Saturday into Sunday.

Linda Libby with Environment Canada said the Canadian Hurricane Centre mobilized its office this morning and is keeping a close eye on hurricane Arthur.

The system has formed off the east coast of Florida and is forecast to shimmy up the U.S. East Coast as a hurricane this week.

Libby said it’s too early at this stage to say with any certainty the exact path Arthur will take. It could come across the middle of New Brunswick and impact the entire Maritimes or it could veer well south of Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre will be issuing bulletins every six hours. Libby said there will be adjustments made as Arthur approaches.

The Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S., announced on its website that it was cancelling the event scheduled to begin Friday and continue through the weekend.

"It is impossible in these circumstances for us to guarantee public safety," Troy Greencorn, the festival's artistic director, said in a news release.

"It's a horrible decision to have to make after so much work by so many people, but we just aren't prepared to take the risks. ... Hosting an outdoor, camping festival in a hurricane would be foolhardy.''

Environment Canada is asking Islanders to monitor the weather, especially considering that so many events are taking place outdoors.

One of the biggest concerts in the province goes this weekend, with the Cavendish Beach Music Festival set for a three-day run, beginning Friday.

Festival president Jeff Squires said they’ll keep an eye on the weather but everything is still a go.

Today, Environment Canada has issued a humidity warning for Prince Edward Island, saying temperatures will feel like the mid-30s C with the humidex today and Thursday.

Islanders are reminded to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated if spending long periods of time outdoors.