The Canadian Hurricane Centre says tropical storm Gabrielle, which redeveloped in the Atlantic and is approaching Bermuda, could bring heavy rain to parts of Nova Scotia
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HALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre says tropical storm Gabrielle, which redeveloped in the Atlantic and is approaching Bermuda, could bring heavy rain to parts of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island later this week.
The centre said Tuesday the storm’s track takes it just easy of Cape Breton and that heavy rain could fall because it will merge with a cold front that is expected to move into the Maritimes on Friday morning.
“The merging of fronts with tropical moisture or tropical storms, in general, is often a recipe for heavy rainfall,” it said in an information bulletin issued Tuesday afternoon.
It said Newfoundland was on the warmer and more windy side of the storm’s track, but it also warned that the storm could easily shift direction.
It was too early for the centre to give wind and rainfall predictions, but it expects to have a better idea on Thursday on wind speeds and rainfall amounts.
“If the storm persists and develops further, highest waves and winds would be over southeastern Maritime and most Newfoundland waters,” the bulletin added.
Bermuda prepared for the arrival of the storm Tuesday, suspending ferry services as wind and rain started to pick up.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said tropical storm conditions were expected late Tuesday, with up to 10 centimetres of rain predicted for Bermuda.
Gabrielle was expected to strengthen in the next two days and pass over or near Bermuda by Wednesday morning.
Farther east over the Atlantic, tropical storm Humberto’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 kilometres per hour and the storm was expected to become a hurricane.