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Every time a tropical system makes a beeline for Canadian waters, I get inundated with questions about landfall.
Of all the crucial messages that must be communicated when a hurricane or post-tropical storm approaches, I believe that landfall is one of the least important.
Teddy is about 600 km in diameter and tropical-storm-force winds stretch 300 km from the centre of the storm. By the time landfall arrives, it’s usually been quite stormy for many hours.
Teddy, for example, is not expected to come ashore until Wednesday morning, Sept. 23. The rain bands will reach us almost 24 hours before that; in some cases, the rain has started.
Wind gusts, however, will peak along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia this afternoon, Sept. 22, to evening – from west to east.
I expect the wind to drop off significantly overnight, before re-intensifying from the north on Wednesday.
Please heed the warnings, stay away from the water’s edge, check on neighbours and loved ones and be safe.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network