Tropical Storm Watch and Statement in Effect

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Tropical Storm Watch in Effect

Tropical storm force winds of 60 gusting to 90 and possibly 100 km/h over exposed areas from Hurricane Lee may occur over the above areas Saturday.

By nature, a tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall – consult your local area forecast for possible rainfall warnings.

Tropical Cyclone statement 

The next information statement will be issued at 9:00 a.m. ADT.

For Hurricane Lee – this is a Saturday event for the strongest impacts with lingering weaker conditions on Sunday.

Approaching category-1 hurricane becoming post-tropical at landfall in eastern Maine or southern New Brunswick.

1. Summary of basic information at 3:00 a.m. ADT.

Location: 28.8 degrees North 67.8 degrees West.

About 497 km southwest of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds: 165 kilometres per hour.

Present movement: North-northwest around 17 kilometres per hour.

Minimum central pressure: 955 millibars.

2. Public weather impacts and warnings summary.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County in New Brunswick and Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Queens Counties in Nova Scotia.

A Tropical Storm Watch is is effect for Saint John County, Fundy National Park, and Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick, as well as Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg, and Hants Counties, Halifax Metro and Halifax County West, Cumberland County – Minas Shore, and Colchester County – Cobequid Bay in Nova Scotia.

Hurricane Lee will continue moving slowly northward toward the Maritime provinces and New England today and Friday. On Saturday, Lee is expected to gradually weaken just below hurricane strength as it approaches the Gulf of Maine later in the day. While the centre of Lee could make landfall anywhere from Downeast Maine to western Nova Scotia as a strong tropical storm or post-tropical low late Saturday night or early Sunday, it is still expected to be a large and powerful system with impacts extending well away from the storm centre.

NOTE: In addition to Lee, the Maritime provinces may experience bands of training downpours travelling from southwest to northeast. These bands are notoriously difficult to predict but it is important to understand there is a flooding risk with these bands well before the arrival of Lee. These complex effects are indirectly related to the hurricane. Additional rainfall from Lee itself could exacerbate the risk of flooding.

a. Wind.

Most likely region for worst impacts: western Nova Scotia as well as Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County region of New Brunswick. Areas under the tropical storm watch could see sustained winds of 60 km/h with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h possible. Areas under the hurricane watch will likely see the strongest winds, with gusts as high as 120 km/h possible.

b. Rainfall.

Most likely region for heaviest rain: western New Brunswick and northward into parts of the Bas-St-Laurent and Gaspesie regions of Quebec, although the threat of heavy rains for southwestern Nova Scotia is increasing. Rainfall totals in excess of 100 mm are possible, especially in areas to the left of the track after post-tropical transition.

c. Surge/Waves.

High waves and elevated water levels will be widespread due to the large size of the storm – the most impacted areas likely covering much of the Atlantic coast of mainland Nova Scotia and the Fundy coast of New Brunswick.

3. Marine weather impacts and warnings summary.

Greatest waves and winds expected around the Bay of Fundy, Gulf of Maine and southwest Maritimes marine district. Gale and Storm warnings are in effect for southwestern marine areas beginning late in the day on Friday. Hurricane force winds are likely to impact southwestern waters on Saturday.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. Reports of storm conditions and impacts can be emailed directly to or by tweeting reports by province using #NSStorm, #NBStorm, #PEStorm, #NLwx, #QCStorm or #ONStorm.


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