Chris Scott, meteorologist
'Just' a tropical storm? Yes, Earl is a tropical storm, but causing significant damage in Nova Scotia, especially in the Halifax area. If you’re near Halifax, you have been experience hurricane force wind gusts... near 120 km/h. To be rated as a hurricane, the wind would have to be sustained at this speed – it’s not, so it is a tropical storm, but this is a prime example of how much damage even a tropical storm can do.
With Juan, wind gusts peaked in excess of 140 km/h. We will not see these speeds today or the extreme damage that occurred with Juan, but Earl is hammering Nova Scotia none the less.
The swath of strongest winds over the next few hours will be east of highway 102 in Nova Scotia, all the way to Cape Breton, and building into eastern PEI. Fortunately, conditions will rapidly improve this evening as Earl steams into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Earl makes landfall, hitting Nova Scotia hard
Earl, now a tropical storm, has made a landfall along the south shore of Nova Scotia. This means the centre of circulation (not so much of an eye anymore) is on land, but does not mean the storm is done.
Winds are peaking across the south shore – the strongest winds have been reported from Lunenburg through Halifax to Beaver Island. McNabs Island (a notoriously windy location at the mouth of Halifax harbour) has reported wind gusts near 110 km/h. Wind gusts near 100 km/h are occurring all across the Halifax, Dartmouth, and Bedford region. Tropical storm force winds are being felt all along the shore and inland... and the strong winds will continue to spread quickly inland toward New Glasgow, Antigonish, east to Sydney and up through PEI.
Significant tree damage is occurring as a result of the strong winds and is causing widespread power outages in Nova Scotia.
Rain will end quickly from south to north as the storm moves toward the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Winds will remain strong, but will slowly diminish through the late afternoon, with much improved conditions for Nova Scotia by evening, and PEI by late evening. New Brunswick and the Fundy shore of Nova Scotia will miss the worst of Earl, although rain will still be locally heavy.