Hurricane Lee | What You Need to Know

Updated: 09/15/23

Here are some details and information you should know in preperation to Hurricane Lee

What you need to know about Lee

As of 6:00 am this morning, hurricane Lee was located about 1200 km/h south-southwest of Halifax and was moving northward at about 26 km/h. Maximum sustained winds were at 140 km/h. There are some slight adjustments to the forecast but no major shifts in the overall thinking on how things will unfold. As expected, the models have really consolidated into a common scenario and are now in very good agreement. The main adjustments are a slight expansion of the wind field meaning areas of central Nova Scotia may see slightly stronger winds. The forward motion of the storm will continue to increase and the centre of Lee should arrive a little sooner. Those are the main adjustments. We still expect the storm to be just below hurricane strength and will likely be post-tropical before landfall as the transition has already begun this morning. Regardless of the designation, Lee will be a large storm affecting all of Nova Scotia but to varying degrees with southwest Nova Scotia getting the worst conditions. The large size of the storm will mean that there will be lingering windy conditions well into Sunday despite the storm pulling away from the province at that stage.

Details of the Hurricane Track can be found here:

How to make sure you are ready for Lee

How to prepare:

  • Every household should be prepared to be self sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency event
  • Fill prescriptions
  • Purchase non perishable food items
  • Ensure devices are fully charged
  • Prepare a 72-hour kit
  • Plan to remain home and stay off the roads during peak storm hours
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Move cars and trucks into your garage or under cover if available.

To avoid damage caused by strong winds:

  • Pack up your yard!
  • Secure furniture and other large items like garbage bins, grills or propane tanks.
  • Bring smaller items indoors.
  • Trim over hanging tree limbs and other potential hazards

To avoid flood damage:

  • Double check drains and gutters to ensure they are clear
  • Lift things off the ground in areas prone to flooding
  • Take photos of any area
  • Keep kids and pets out of flood water, it can be toxic and can sweep people off their feet quickly
  • Turn around, don’t drown. Do not drive through flood water, turn around and find an alternative route

If you lose power:

  • Do not operate generators indoors
  • Keep freezers closed to help keep food preserved
  • Fill bathtub (if available) with water
  • Do not use propane stoves or grills indoors, ensure they are in a well-ventilated area

After the storm:

  • Tune in to the radio or local news channels, and/or follow your local news outlet and emergency officials on social media.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • Be prepared for secondary disasters such as flooding, landslides and building damage.
  • If you suspect your home is unsafe, do not enter. Rely on the professionals to clear your home for re-entry if you are unsure.
  • Stay away from damaged areas and fallen power lines. Watch out for debris such as sheet metal, glass, or other sharp material.
  • Do not use water that may have been contaminated. Throw out food that may have been contaminated, including from refrigerator and freezers.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when cleaning up.
  • Examine your walls, doors, staircases, and windows for damage.
  • Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

Basic emergency kit:

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind-up or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Wind-up or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers’ cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information
  • Tip: You may want to ensure you have a landline and corded phone in your home, as most cordless phones will not work during a power outage.

Recommended additional items:

  • Candles and matches or lighter (do not leave candles unattended. Place candles in sturdy containers and put them out before going to sleep)
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each household member
  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, safety gloves)
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)
  • Two extra litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning.

Additional Resources:

Canadian Red Cross Resources:

Nova Scotia Power Resources:

NSEMO and GOC Resources:

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