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Hurricane Dorian heads for the Maritimes

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On Friday Hurricane Dorian increased speed towards the northeast, now moving at near 30 km/h. The storm remains a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained wind near 150 km/h, with only slight weakening expected due to running into some stronger winds and dry air as it moves northward.

The latest forecast continues to take the hurricane into the southern marine waters of Nova Scotia early Saturday morning before approaching the Atlantic coastline later in the day. At this time, landfall looks to take place mid-to-late evening and in the vicinity of Halifax. There is still some uncertainty in the exact landfall point, and that may not be known until the storm is on approach Saturday.

Regardless, impacts will be widespread in Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Rain

Heavy rain and downpours will fall to the north and west of the track of the storm. Northern and western mainland Nova Scotia, along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick into Moncton and the southeast, and Prince Edward Island look to pick up the most rain. In these areas, widespread amounts of 50 to 100 mm are possible with local amounts reaching 160 mm. Rainfall rates will be high increasing the risk of run-off and flash flooding. Rain totals will taper lower for eastern Nova Scotia and especially western and northwestern areas of New Brunswick.

The heaviest of the rain is generally expected Saturday afternoon and night. Steady rain may remain for P.E.I. and eastern areas of New Brunswick Sunday morning.

Hurricane Dorian

Wind

Winds are a major component of this storm. East and northeast winds will increase Saturday afternoon into the evening and night. Following the passage of the centre of the storm, the winds will turn west and northwest. Both ahead of and directly following the passage of the storm, widespread gusts to or in excess of 100 km/h look possible along the Bay of Fundy coastline in New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Nova Scotia. The strongest of those winds will be on the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia and in the vicinity of the landfall point. Gusts at that location could reach near 150 km/h. Due to the topography of the Highlands it is also possible that northern Inverness County could hit gusts of 150+ km/h as well.

Winds for most of the region will gradually diminish early Sunday morning. Strong winds gusts may linger for P.E.I. and Cape Breton into early Sunday afternoon.

Due to trees being in full foliage, the wind will have a greater force on them compared to winter. This increases the risk of branch and tree falls and hence the risk of power outages. Transportation services such as ferries, airports, and bridges are also likely to be impacted at times.

Hurricane Dorian

Storm surge

Storm surge will be a concern for coastal areas as the hurricane moves through. Wave height forecast models show waves of 7-10 metres building near the coastline of Nova Scotia beginning on the South Shore Saturday afternoon. From there, the higher waves spread up the Atlantic coastline of that province reaching then diminishing near Cape Breton early Sunday morning.

Sunday morning will also see an increase in wave heights of 4-7 metres near north-facing coasts in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This would include P.E.I. and Cape Breton.

When combined with high tides, the rougher surf could lead to wash in low-lying coastal areas and roads. Individuals on the coast should use extreme caution as the storm moves through. Tide tables are readily available at www.waterlevels.gc.ca.

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Pedestrian killed by car in Surrey

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One person has died after being struck by a car on Saturday night in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey, B.C.

RCMP say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle around 10:34 p.m, near the busy intersection of 152 Street and Highway 10.

Police say the pedestrian was pronounced dead on scene.

Evidence markers dotted Highway 10 for several dozen metres west of the intersection where a white car sat with front end damage.

The intersection was closed to traffic overnight while collision analysts examined the scene.

Police have not announced any details on what caused the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, saw the vehicle beforehand, or has dash camera footage of the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Mississauga mayor statement after shooting in the city

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The mayor of Mississauga, Ont., says she’s “shocked and saddened” after a teenage boy was killed and five other people were wounded when gunfire erupted in the city west of Toronto on Saturday evening.

Bonnie Crombie called the incident a “senseless act of gun violence” and says her thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families.

Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said at a news conference late Saturday night that according to witnesses, multiple suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire from semi-automatic weapons near a parkette behind an apartment building at around 6:20 p.m.He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others – a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s – were injured.

McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the other four suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No suspect information has been released as officers continued to canvass the area for surveillance footage and police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to come forward.

Crombie thanked first responders who rushed to the scene and she says she hopes to take action in response to the shooting.

“As a member of the police board, I am committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by working to get illegal guns off our streets,” said Crombie in a statement.

McCord has said that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area and that several vehicles were hit by the gunfire.

He said it’s early in the investigation and that many questions about the incident remained unanswered, including the motive, whether the victims were targeted and whether the shooting was gang related.

A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, but McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case.

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Police seeking 7 suspects in shooting in Mississauga

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A 17-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Mississauga on Saturday night was an innocent victim, Peel Regional Police say.

Peel Police Chief Chris McCord told reporters on Sunday that investigators believe there were seven shooters involved in gunfire that injured four other teens and a woman in her 50s in a parkette behind an apartment complex.

The shooting occurred on Darcel Avenue near Dunrankin Drive, in the area of Morning Star and Goreway Drive. Police were called to the scene at 6:22 p.m.

Officers have recovered more than 100 shell casings at the crime scene.

McCord said police also believe the shooting was motivated by a rap music video that was filmed in the parkette and released last week.

The teen boy, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The five injured people — a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old boys — were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say one of the injured people has been released from hospital and the remaining four are in stable condition

McCord said some of the injured are also believed to be innocent victims.

He said the shooting occurred as people in the parkette were setting up to shoot a music video and an ice cream truck was nearby.

No one is in custody, no suspects have been identified and officers are reviewing security camera video.

Police believe the shooters used semi-automatic weapons, but none of those weapons have been recovered.

Mayor says she is ‘deeply shocked’ by shooting

On Sunday morning, police canvassed the neighbourhood, knocking on doors in the hopes of finding witnesses and security camera video.

Officers also sent out a drone to obtain an aerial view of the crime scene and brought in a metal detector to scan for stray bullets in the grass.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a statement Sunday that her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this senseless act of gun violence in our city, it’s simply unacceptable. I urge anyone with information to contact police immediately,” Crombie said.

“As a member of the police board, I am committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by working to get illegal guns off our streets.”

Crombie also thanked Peel police and paramedics who “swiftly” went to the scene.

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