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Cristobal to merge with cold front, heavy rain and wind expected in parts of Atlantic Canada

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:09 AM - Cristobal continues to push north with its sights set on Atlantic Canada.

"As Cristobal races northeastward toward the Grand Banks, a cold front will move slowly southward across Atlantic Canada during the day today," said the Canadian Hurricane Centre in a statement early Thursday. "The speed of the front will be slowed as Cristobal approaches, so there may be locally heavy rainfall accumulations as a result."

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By Friday morning the two systems will merge into one giant area of low pressure with rain and gusty winds extending back into the Maritimes, the CHC adds.

While not directly related to Cristobal, winds will become increasingly gusty across Atlantic Canada Thursday night. Gusts up to 80 km/h are possible in Newfoundland.

Rainfall amounts will also be variable with up to 75 mm possible in the hardest hit places.

"Atlantic coastal Nova Scotia will see ocean swells giving moderate surf and rip tide conditions this afternoon, tonight and Friday morning," says the CHC. "The same situation is expected for Newfoundland's southern coastlines on Friday."

Meanwhile, swells generated by Cristobal continue to affect parts of Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina northward through New England.

"These swells are likely to cause life threatening surf and rip current conditions," warns the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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