Municipal Affairs and Environment
January 4, 2018

Public Advisory: Adverse Weather Conditions Anticipated

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is monitoring an approaching weather system that is expected to bring strong winds and snow over Newfoundland and Labrador beginning this evening. Residents are reminded to take measures to ensure personal safety and to follow the latest weather forecast for alert bulletins at www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=nl External Link.

This system is forecast to bring strong winds tonight throughout the province. Wind gusts are anticipated near 180 kilometres per hour on parts of the west coast of the island portion of the province, while other areas will see wind gusts between 100 and 130 kilometres per hour.

Higher than normal water levels due to a combination of storm surge, high waves, and pounding surf are expected during high tide near noon on Friday and Saturday for coastal areas of the island portion of the province. High storm surges increase risk of flooding in coastal areas and residents are asked to exercise storm surge preparedness.

Municipalities and local service districts should ensure infrastructure such as roads, ditches and drains are clear of debris and appropriate provisions are made for the delivery of services during anticipated weather events.

For information on being prepared, residents can visit:

General emergency preparedness: www.getprepared.gc.ca External Link

Storm surge preparedness information: getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/strmsrgs-en.aspx External Link

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Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

2018 01 04                                                   11:55 a.m.