Hurricane Earl appears poised to hit southern Nova Scotia, and a tropical storm watch has been issued for three counties in the province. As Hurricane Earl continues towards the Maritimes, Environment Canada warned the people of Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens counties to prepare themselves and listen for further announcements. Chris Fogarty, program supervisor for the Canadian Hurricane Centre, said Earl is tracking slightly more to the west, towards southwestern Nova Scotia or the Bay of Fundy. “That would put Nova Scotia pretty much right on the windiest side of the storm,” he said on Thursday. Though Earl is expected to arrive Saturday, it’s too early to know exactly where or when, and there’s only a 50 per cent chance the storm will be hurricane strength. Whatever happens, Environment Canada says it’s likely the Maritimes will get high winds and heavy rains on the weekend.