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Cablegate: Another Sunday, Another Storm: Preparations for Tropical

O P 271621Z AUG 09
FM AMCONSUL HALIFAX
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1421
INFO AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY
ALL CANADIAN POSTS COLLECTIVE
AMCONSUL HALIFAX

UNCLAS HALIFAX 000055


FOR S/ES-O, CA/OCS, WHA/CAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR CASC CA
SUBJECT: ANOTHER SUNDAY, ANOTHER STORM: PREPARATIONS FOR TROPICAL
STORM DANNY

REF: HALIFAX 53


1. Tropical Storm Danny is projected to make landfall in
Halifax's consular district early in the morning of August 30,
almost exactly a week to the day after -- and likely on a
similar track to -- Hurricane Bill. Although Danny is
currently expected to be less powerful than Bill, our advice to
personnel and the public remains the same as in reftel: shelter
at home during the storm and prepare for a possible loss of
power of up to 48 hours. People living on or near water are
advised to move to higher ground.

2. Other preparations for Bill noted in reftel have been or
will be taken shortly for Danny.

3. Hurricane Bill did little damage and caused no loss of life
in the district, although there were some close calls where
individuals failed to heed warnings to stay away from the ocean
and were knocked in the water by strong waves. We expect public
safety employees to be even more vigorous this weekend in
enforcing beach and road closures to prevent crowds from
gathering at potentially dangerous vantage points. Public
awareness of, and preparations for, the storm are high, as is
the response capability of emergency management organizations in
the consular district.

HILL

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