Post-tropical storm Philippe to bring high winds overnight into Sunday | CBC News

Post-tropical storm Philippe to bring high winds overnight into Sunday | CBC News

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Post-tropical storm Philippe will bring high winds and heavy rain to parts of the Maritimes this Thanksgiving weekend. CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said the strongest winds will arrive late Saturday and continue through Sunday morning. 

CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon says the storm will bring potential for power outages.

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A map shows heavy periods of rain moving into the Maritimes Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Post-tropical storm Philippe is expected to move onshore in the Maritimes Saturday night into early Sunday. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

Post-tropical storm Philippe will blow in with high winds and heavy rain to parts of the Maritimes this Thanksgiving weekend.  

CBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon says the greatest risk from the storm will be power outages late Saturday and continuing through Sunday morning.

“Given it’s Thanksgiving and so many folks will be putting turkeys in the oven, be mindful that there is a risk your power could be knocked out.” 

He said most of the Maritimes will see wind gusts in the 60 to 80 km/h range, but peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible for more exposed and coastal areas. 

A map of the Maritimes shows heavy winds between 80 to over 100 kilometers per hour in red and 60 to 80 kilometers per hour in yellow.

Power outages are possible Thanksgiving weekend as a result of strong winds from post-tropical storm Philippe. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

Saturday update on post-tropical storm Philippe

Featured VideoCBC meteorologist Ryan Snoddon gives an update on what to expect from post-tropical storm Philippe.

Unlike post-tropical storm Lee, which tracked very slowly through the region a few weeks ago, Philippe will move through quickly.

“One key difference between the storms is the duration of the event,” Snoddon said. “The peak power-outage worthy winds this time around will only last six to eight hours, which should limit the number of outages.”

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia. A rainfall warning has also been issued for parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

A map shows southern nova scotia highlighted in orange due to a wind warnings and western areas highlighted in green due to a rainfall warning.

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings and wind warnings for the Maritimes. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)

Snoddon said the heaviest rain is expected over western areas of the Maritimes, where 30 to 60 millimetres is likely. Heavy downpours will bring the risk of localized flooding across most of the region. 

A map shows yellow areas where between 50 and 80 millimetres of rain are expected, dark green where  20 to 40 millimetres are expected and light green where 10 to 30 millimetres are expected

The heaviest rain from post-tropical storm Philippe is expected in western New Brunswick and Maine. Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy downpours to parts of Nova Scotia. (Jay Scotland/CBC)

The coastal impacts of Philippe will not be as strong as post-tropical storm Lee, however, elevated water levels, high waves and some coastal flooding are still possible along the Atlantic coastline during high tide early Sunday.

Travel disruptions

Northumberland Ferries has cancelled all service between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S., for Sunday.

All Northumberland Ferries sailings on Sunday, Oct 8 are cancelled due to the forecast of strong winds in the region.

Updates will be posted at or contact us at 1-877-762-7245.


There is a wind warning advisory in place for the Confederation Bridge from midnight Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday. It notes there could be travel restrictions during those hours.  

Marine Atlantic has made several changes to its route serving North Sydney, N.S., and Port aux Basques, N.L.

Four crossings have been cancelled between 11:15 p.m. Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Passengers impacted by the changes will be notified of their rescheduled departures time.

Bay Ferries has cancelled the Sunday morning crossings on the Fundy Rose from Saint John at 8 a.m. and Digby at 11 a.m. The afternoon schedule is unchanged.

Sat, Oct 7 & Sun, Oct 8 sailings of The CAT are cancelled as the marine weather forecast indicates winds & a sea state in excess of our operational limits for passenger comfort & safe docking.

Updates will be posted at or contact us at 1-877-762-7245.


Crossings from Yarmouth, N.S., to Bar Harbor, Maine on the CAT ferry have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of high winds and rough seas.  


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