Arthur approaches Atlantic Canada, tropical storm warnings in place
Friday, July 4, 2014, 7:44 AM -
"It’s a guarantee that Arthur will hit the Maritimes on Saturday," says Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott.
"While it won’t likely be a true hurricane by the time it approaches the south shore of Nova Scotia, the storm will be mutating into a powerful ‘post-tropical’ system with elements of a hurricane and Nor’easter."
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Arthur made landfall in North Carolina overnight, packing dangerous winds of up to 155 km/h.
At least 20 counties have declared a state of emergency and North Carolina's governor told the thousands who have been left without power to stay inside.
Storm surges and powerful rip currents are warding off fourth of July beachgoers.
Officials say crews are at the ready to assess damage and begin the clean-up effort as the storm continues to move up the coast.
According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, Arthur will likely make landfall in southwestern Nova Scotia on Saturday morning as a strong post-tropical storm.
"Post-tropical storm Arthur is then forecast to track across Nova Scotia to lie in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence late Saturday night," the CHC says. "Arthur will merge with a cold front while moving across Atlantic Canada. The combined system will bring heavy rain and strong winds to Nova Scotia on Saturday"
Tropical storm warnings are in place for the Maritimes, along with wind and rainfall warnings.
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"Tropical storm-force winds of 70 gusting to 100 km/h over exposed areas from Hurricane Arthur can be expected," says the CHC. "These winds could break tree branches potentially resulting in downed utility lines."
Officials are warning residents to secure loose objects on your property and brace for power interruptions.
Additionally, high waves and pounding surf can be expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia Saturday mprning and afternoon with the arrival of the storm.
"Stay away from the shore - the combination of surge and large waves could result in dangerous rip currents and the risk of being pulled out to sea," adds the CHC.
The centre says a trough of low pressure will be moving eastward from New England and will guide the storm, which was near the North Carolina coast early Friday, towards Atlantic Canada.
For more details on rain and wind impact in Atlantic Canada, check out the detailed analysis from Chris Scott.
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