Cristobal in Canada: Potential impact in Newfoundland Friday
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:23 AM - Cristobal moved away from the Bahamas after strengthening into a hurricane Monday, leaving a swath of soaked Caribbean islands and at least five fatalities in its wake, officials say.
Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda Wednesday, prompting a tropical storm watch for the island.
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"Cristobal is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 30-80 mm over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas," the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. "Cristobal is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 50-100 mm over Bermuda."
Swells generated by Cristobal are also affecting portions of the U.S. East Coast from central Florida northward to North Carolina.
"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the NHC warns.
CRISTOBAL IN CANADA
Forecasters at the Canadian Hurricane Centre are also keeping a close eye on potential impact in Atlantic Canada, particularly Newfoundland.
"Most computer models indicate that the storm will likely pass south of Newfoundland crossing the Grand Banks on Friday," the centre says. "At this time it appears that the storm will be far enough offshore to avoid any effects over land, however, that could change depending on the extent of interaction with a cold front that is expected to be situated over Newfoundland on Friday."