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Dorian to do its dance in Newfoundland on Sunday

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Wind gusts up to 130 km/h and possibly up to 150 km/h are expected along the southwest corner of Newfoundland Sunday morning as the remnant of hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the province.

A weather warning remains in effect by Environment Canada.

SaltWire Network meteorologist Cindy Day says hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia Saturday evening and track northward before hitting Newfoundland Sunday morning.

Whether it remains a Category 1 hurricane or changes to a post-tropical storm while moving through Atlantic Canada, residents can expect high winds and heavy downpours in many areas this weekend.

As a result of the expected storm impact along Newfoundland’s west coast, Gros Morne National Park, and the Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows and Red Bay national historic sites will be closed.

Marine Atlantic advises of disruptions in its crossings schedule as sea conditions worsen.

The south coast of the island and the Avalon Peninsula are expected to be hit with strong winds during the day Sunday, with gusts up to 100 km/h.

Rainfall is expected to be greater on the west coast than elsewhere in the province. By Sunday morning, 20 to 40 millimetres of rain is expected for western Newfoundland, with about 10 to 15 mm for central and eastern parts of the province.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is encouraging residents to be prepared for adverse weather conditions this weekend. 

Municipalities and local service districts have been asked to review their emergency management plans and ensure that 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.

Residents should know the risks associated with adverse weather conditions in their communities, develop their own emergency plan and assemble an emergency kit. Having supplies on hand, including food, water, batteries and a portable radio, is important.

Also, items such as patio furniture and barbecues on decks should be secured. 

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