Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hurricane Igor nearing Newfoundland

A major storm is underway in Newfoundland this morning, as Hurricane Igor is expected to pass just east of the Avalon while transitioning to a very powerful extratropical storm. Winds are currently 75mph (120km/h) at the center of Igor as the storm races northeast at 67km/h. The center is about 240km south of Cape Race this morning. The weather has already began to deteriorate along the coast with strong winds, pounding surf and heavy rain. St. Lawrence has already recorded 90mm of rain with amounts in excess of 200mm possible. Such heavy rain will cause flooding and possible washouts of area roads. Winds are very impressive as well in Newfoundland. In the last hour a gust to 132km/h was reported on Sagona Island (See A on the Google map below). Other winds speeds observed were 73km/h at Cape Race, and 79km/h at Burgeo.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsula, with a hurricane watch for the immediate coast. Being that hurricane force winds are already reported that may be upgraded soon. Igor is expected to intensify today with rain and wind extending outward from the center and he becomes more of a mid latitude storm and less of a tropical system. Regardless the results will be the same for Newfoundland and Labrador, heavy flooding rains and strong winds capable of taking down trees and power lines. This will be an all day storm as the system moves slightly east of the province and then wraps around to the north and northwest and heads towards Baffin Island.

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