'Strong consensus' that Hurricane Arthur will impact Atlantic Canada Saturday
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 5:14 PM - The chances that Hurricane Arthur will bypass Atlantic Canada are dwindling by the hour, with forecast models suggesting the 'impactful' storm will affect the region Saturday into Sunday.
While there is still some disagreement on Arthur's strength, meteorologists have high confidence that the storm will bring heavy rain, strong winds and high surf to some communities.
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Arthur was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane early Thursday, sparking mandatory evacuations in parts of the U.S. and tropical storm watches in the Maritimes.
"Arthur will make its way up the east coast of the United States, where tropical storm and hurricane advisories are in place," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
"It will approach the southern shores of Nova Scotia by Saturday morning. Current models are in strong agreement that the Maritimes will be affected throughout the day Saturday with impacts to be felt in Newfoundland late Saturday into Sunday."
Nova Scotia: Between 60 and 120 mm across western Nova Socita with lower amounts for central and eastern portions of the province, including Cape Breton
New Brunswick: Between 60 and 120 mm for southern regions. Lesser amounts are possible for northern and northwestern regions.
P.E.I.: Between 50 and 100 millimetres.
Newfoundland: Between 30 and 70 mm for southwestern parts of the province. Central and eastern areas can expect less than 30 mm rain while less than 15 mm is expected in the Avalon.
Nova Scotia: Gusts between 80 and 130+ kilometres per hour.
New Brunswick: Gusts between 70 and 110+ km/h along southern and eastern coastlines.
P.E.I.: Gusts between 80 and 110+ kilometres per hour.
Newfoundland: Gusts between 70 and 90+ kilometres per hour.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION DOUGLAS SWIRLS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Meanwhile in the Pacific, the National Hurricane Center in the U.S. has issued a public advisory regarding tropical depression Douglas which appears to be losing steam.
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
The storm is expected to weaken further as it moves out to sea, degrading into a remnant low by Friday.