Atlantic coast, Cape Breton in for high winds, heavy rain

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The Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and all of Cape Breton are under weather warnings for Saturday night into Sunday.

A public weather alert issued by Environment Canada on Saturday morning said a system approaching from New England is expected to bring southeasterly gusts of up to 90 km/h to parts of the mainland, and up to 100 km/h in Cape Breton.

A Les Suêteswind warning is in effect in Cape Breton from Margaree Harbour to Bay St. Lawrence.

Inverness County-Mabou and north is being warned to expect Les Suêtes gusts of 100 km/h near midnight increasing to near 180 km/h Sunday morning

Some counties on the Atlantic coast will experience heavy rainfall along with high winds.

Guysborough County, Halifax County east of Porters Lake, Halifax Metro and Halifax County West, Inverness County south of Mabou, Richmond County, Sydney Metro and Cape Breton County and Victoria County can expect rainfall amounts up to 50 millimetres.

Antigonish County, Colchester County-Truro and south, Lunenburg County, Pictou County, Queen's County, Shelburne County and Yarmouth County should expect rainfall amounts up to 50 millimetres, but are not included in the Environment Canada wind alerts.

Rain in these areas is expected to start this evening and will continue into the overnight hours before tapering to scattered showers Sunday morning.

Environment Canada says localized flooding is possible in low-lying areas.

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