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Hurricane Cristobal may affect Newfoundland's Grand Banks

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:59 PM - After drenching the Bahamas and Bermuda, Tropical Storm Cristobal attained hurricane status on Monday night, and is still headed north.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a tropical cyclone statement for Newfoundland on Monday about the storm's potential effects on the island, although it seems the storm may only really affect the Grand Banks.

"It does not appear that the island portion of the province will be directly affected," a statement from the centre reads. "However, that can certainly change. Computer models are predicting a possible interaction between the storm and a cold front that could complicate things."

The first three named storms of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season have each reached hurricane status for the first time since 1992. One, Arthur, causing widespread power outages in Atlantic Canada earlier this summer. 

Cristobal lashed several Caribbean islands on Monday, leaving behind communities flooded due to storm surge and torrential rain. The storm reportedly dropped 300 mm of rain on the Turks and Caicos islands since Friday.

At least three people have been reported killed. Two people from the Dominican Republic drowned, and authorities are searching for two Haitians since late Saturday.

The body of one more person was recovered from floodwaters in Turks and Caicos.

Cristobal is now heading northward with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.

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