Tue. May 17th, 2022

Parts of Newfoundland are in stormy weather over the weekend with storm and storm warnings for the Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas issued by Environment Canada. (Submitted by Alick Tsui)

Parts of Newfoundland appear to be in stormy weather over the weekend, according to Environment Canada, which on Friday issued wind and storm warnings for the Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas.

The warnings prompted the provincial government to encourage the public to be extra careful around coasts in the coming days with high waves, pounding surfing and higher than normally expected water levels.

High tides and large waves of up to six to nine meters will cause higher water levels than usual with possible coastal flooding and damage.

“Coastal communities north to east in Conception Bay and along the east coast of the Avalon Peninsula may be at risk of some flooding and damage to coastal infrastructure due to pounding surfing. East to northeast facing communities in Trinity Bay may also be at risk,” said a press release from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

“Municipalities and local service districts are advised to review their contingency plans and monitor coastal infrastructure. Efforts should be made to protect vulnerable coastal locations given the potential for infrastructure damage.”

On Friday, CBC meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler said northern winds on the Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas were expected to blow between 90 and 110 km / h between 9pm and 10pm on Friday night, even 120km / h in exposed coastal areas. Brauweiler said the strong wind will continue through the morning on Saturday and remain strong later in the day, gusts between 80 and 100 km / h, then between 60 and 80 km / h on Sunday.

In Central Newfoundland there will also be strong winds until Saturday and gusts between 60 and 80 km / h.

Rain is expected to subside to showers on Saturday, but will linger from Bonavista North to the Avalon Peninsula before finally subsiding completely on Sunday.

“Residents are being asked to take steps to ensure their own personal safety,” the Department of Justice and Public Safety said. “Residents should always have a basic emergency kit available and be prepared for at least 72 hours with food, water, batteries, a portable radio and prescription medication.”

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