Storm bringing heavy rain, high winds across P.E.I.

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The rain will continue into Tuesday afternoon. (Gary Graves/CBC - image credit)
The rain will continue into Tuesday afternoon. (Gary Graves/CBC - image credit)

A storm that began to roll across P.E.I. Monday prompted a rainfall warning.

Environment Canada has been forecasting the coming storm for days, and upgraded its special weather statement to a warning Monday morning.

Rain began in western P.E.I. Monday afternoon and spread across the province by evening.

CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said a total of 40-70 mm of rain is expected through Tuesday night, with higher amounts possible locally in eastern areas.

The province said extra emergency shelter beds have been allocated in preparation for the inclement weather this week. It said Islanders in urgent need of shelter can contact the referral line at 1-833-220-4722 or dial 2-1-1.

Santa's visit postponed

The City of Charlottetown said that Santa Parade Tour through Sherwood-Parkdale and city centre scheduled for Monday has been postponed to this Sunday. All tours begin at 5:30 p.m.

The rain will come with strong winds. The winds could rise to 60 km/h with gusts to 80. Environment Canada says a wind warning could still be issued for this storm.

The temperature will remain well above freezing for most of the storm, even in double digits on Monday, but will drop to about -1 C Tuesday afternoon, bringing a little snow on the back end of the storm.

Construction sector braces for storm

In anticipation of the storm, construction workers spent Monday making sure their sites could weather the storm.

Sam Sanderson, general manager of the Construction Association of P.E.I., said preparing for these type of weather events is always stressful.

"[Contractors are] assembling their crews and getting prepared for, you know, after-hours calls, you know, for water and potential damage to properties," he said.

"With the level of wind, the potentially 100 km/h wind, you know, sheets of plywood, things like that can blow around very quickly. Also you want to make sure is secure enough to handle a wind of that magnitude."

Sanderson said if the storm is severe enough, it could add to expenses and even delay some projects.

While the storm is expected to ease late Tuesday, pounding surf and higher-than-normal water levels are possible Wednesday.

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