HALIFAX - A hurricane watch has been issued for southern Nova Scotia as hurricane Earl storms towards Atlantic Canada.

hurricane watch means that Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby
counties can expect winds gusts of up to 130 kilometres-an-hour with
the arrival of the storm, expected Saturday morning.

Canadian Hurricane Centre says Earl appears to have shuffled slightly
to the west, but a definitive track remains hard to pinpoint given that
the storm is about two days away.


Forecaster Chris Fogarty says
Earl could make landfall in the southwestern corner of Nova Scotia or
near Grand Manan Island off New Brunswick.

The hurricane centre
says warmer-than-usual water temperatures south of Nova Scotia could
help sustain Earl's strength as a Category 1 storm, meaning winds
between 119 km/h and 152 km/h.

The centre has also extended a
tropical storm watch to Halifax and communities in Nova Scotia and New
Brunswick that sit along the Bay of Fundy.

Those areas may see winds of up to 90 km/h.

The centre says the Maritime provinces could see as much as 70 millimetres of rain.

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