Thursday, September 15, 2011
Hurricane Watch for Newfoundland
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Newfoundland coast from Arnolds Cove to Brigus South. At 8pm Hurricane Maria was racing northeast at 65km/h towards a collision with the Avalon Peninsula. Forecasters expect the storm, which is about 1475km southwest of Cape Race, to arrive on the coast sometime Friday. Hurricane force winds in excess of 120km/h are forecast along with 3 to 7 metre seas (9 to as much as 20 feet) along the coast and up to 90mm of rainfall. The good news is Maria will be a fast moving storm hopefully lessening the impact and duration on any one location. Effects from Maria in the form of clouds, showers and rough surf will be felt all across Atlantic Canada for the next 24 to 48 hours before Maria moves north over the Atlantic as an extratropical storm.
The official Environment Canada statement is available HERE.