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Sept. 10, 2021, 2:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 10, 2021, 2:30 p.m. ET


Hurricane Larry was expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and coastal flooding to parts of Newfoundland in eastern Canada on Friday, as the powerful storm sped up in its northward path across the Atlantic.

As of Friday morning, Larry was 465 miles from the southernmost tip of Newfoundland, moving north at 29 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was projected to move near or over southeastern Newfoundland by early Saturday morning.

Andrew Furey, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a news conference on Thursday that residents should get prepared for the storm.

“The utility companies have emergency measures plans in place, as do the regional health authorities,” Mr. Furey said, according to CTV News, a Canadian television network. “We don’t know what storms bring, but we can be prepared for the worst.”

Forecasters predicted that Larry would make landfall in St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, late Friday or early Saturday. Local firefighters urged resident to prepare items like flashlights, batteries, food and water, telling them to “put away all outside items that could be projectiles.”

In the past 70 years, only 23 hurricanes or post-tropical storms of hurricane strength have made landfall in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

Maggie Burton, the councillor at large for St. John’s, warned of the storm’s potential impact on more vulnerable residents.

“With extreme weather and natural disasters becoming more and more common, I am calling on all levels of government to develop inclusive emergency preparedness plans,” she said on Twitter.

Newfoundland was preparing for high winds and the potential power outages.

The St. Johns city government issued an advisory on Wednesday with tips on how residents could prepare for being alone for up to 72 hours in case of dire emergency. The city, which is in the middle of an election, asked candidates and residents to take down election signs in anticipation of high winds.

The city said it was clearing debris from storm drains and rivers and preparing sand bags to try to prevent extreme flooding. The city is also fueling equipment, like loaders and graders in case debris from the hurricane obstructs streets.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the province’s police, planned to deploy the same team that worked during “snowmageddon” of last year, when a winter storm dumped about 30 inches of snow in St John’s, James. C. Cadigan, a spokesman, said on Friday.

“These are probably our most experienced patrol officers for a weather event that you’re going to get,” he said.

Canada is not used to preparing for hurricanes, but Mr. Cadigan said that officers were ready to help residents get floodwater out of their homes, if necessary, and would be equipped with full tanks of fuel and extra food for people in need.

Mr. Cadigan said he was particularly worried about floods, and that the authorities were urging people to stay away from coastlines and off roads. “We are we are an island and we have a lot of coastal communities.” he said. “And the storm surges can be very dangerous to coastal communities.”

The advisory also provided numbers for those dealing with domestic abuse or those who use illicit drugs to find specialized help.

Larry, which formed on Sept. 1, strengthened to a Category 3 storm two days later but has since weakened to a Category 1, with maximum sustained winds of 80 m.p.h. It passed Bermuda on Thursday but has otherwise posed little threat to land. Some meteorologists estimated Friday that the hurricane’s eye was 90 miles wide.

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