Arthur: Five maps you need to see
Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:45 - After making landfall over North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane, all eyes are on Arthur as it moves closer to Atlantic Canada.
"Arthur will strengthen today as it moves away from Cape Hatteras," said the Canadian Hurricane Centre in a statement Friday afternoon. "Arthur will move northeastward and merge with a cold front moving across the Maritimes tonight. This combined system will bring heavy rain and strong winds to most of New Brunswick overnight and through the day Saturday."
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Widespread rain, wind and tropical storm warnings are in place.
Here's a look at five detailed maps that will help to further explain Arthur's impact in Atlantic Canada.
1. Tropical storm warnings
"A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds near 65 km/h or more) are expected over parts of the region within 24 hours," says the CHC. "By nature a tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall."
2. Rainfall warnings
Between 50 to 100 mm of rain is expected with locally higher amounts possible in some places.
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"The region most likely to see the highest rainfall amounts from this storm is over Southwestern New Brunswick," says Environment Canada. "In addition higher than normal water levels are expected due to storm surge along the Acadian Coastline late in the day Saturday."
3. Rainfall amounts
Winds gusting to or above 90 km/h are expected across much of the Maritimes Saturday.
"Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds," says EC. "Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage."
Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Centre say Arthur will likely make landfall in southwestern Nova Scotia on Saturday morning as a strong post-tropical storm.