Tropical storm Gabrielle heading north to Atlantic Canada
Atlantic provinces will see wet and windy weather this weekend as Tropical Storm Gabrielle bears down
Tropical storm Gabrielle is still on track to bring wet and windy weather to Eastern Canada this weekend.
On Thursday afternoon, Gabrielle was located about 365 kilometres northeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h.
The storm has begun to accelerate northward and is expected to merge with a cloud front near New England, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre. The system is expected to bring heavy rain into parts of Atlantic Canada on Friday and into the weekend.
Rainfall warnings are expected for parts of central and northeastern Nova Scotia this weekend, as well as Queens and Kings County P.E.I.
A rainfall warning has also been issued for most of northern New Brunswick Thursday, with thunderstorm watches in effect Thursday for the southern parts of the province. Nearly 2,000 people in New Brunswick were without power Thursday afternoon, with the majority of outages located in the Woodstock area.
Gabrielle was downgraded to a depression but regained tropical storm status earlier on Thursday.
"Gabrielle, while still a tropical storm Thursday afternoon, is likely to become post-tropical as it approaches Nova Scotia Friday. Now whether the storm is tropical or post-tropical on Friday makes little difference to the forecast here in Nova Scotia. Moisture brought up from near Bermuda with Gabrielle will wrap into a cold front approaching from New Brunswick. The result on Friday will be rain, heavy at times, for large parts of Nova Scotia," said CBC meteorologist Kalin Mitchell.
"Rainfall amounts for some parts of the province are likely to be in the range of 50 to 100 millimetres. With rain that heavy we will have to watch out for things such as localized flooding and hydroplaning conditions on the roads. Winds will be gusty on Friday but unlikely to exceed 80 km/h so it is the rain that is the biggest concern at this time."
The Canadian Hurricane Centre does not expect much of a change in the storm’s intensity, according to the centre’s latest weather bulletin.
In Bermuda, Gabrielle caused several power outages overnight, but no major damage was reported on the British territory.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Humberto — this season’s first hurricane — is maintaining its strength far out over the Atlantic Ocean heading northward.
The category 1 hurricane, centred 705 kilometres over the Cape Verde Islands, has maximum sustained winds near 140 km/h, but the U.S. National Hurricane Centre is expecting it to weaken over the coming days.