Tropical storm Arthur may bring wind and rain, if not hurricane conditions, to the Maritimes this weekend.
Environment Canada is predicting tropical storm Arthur will grow into a hurricane today as it moves up the eastern coast of the United States.
The U.S. National Hurricane Centre has already classified Arthur as a hurricane.
Chris Fogarty of the Canadian Hurricane Centre said on Wednesday Arthur was gaining steam off the coast of Florida thanks to warmer waters, and should move slowly northward as a hurricane until it reaches North Carolina on Friday.
At that point, Fogarty said Arthur will merge with a cold front from the Great Lakes, creating a lot of moisture, and “that’s where we have a risk of heavy rain for sure.”
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“It’s certainly looking like a weekend event for the Maritimes,” Fogarty said about the rainfall which should start Friday evening.
“The specifics of how the wind might affect us, that’s a little more uncertain at this stage.”
If the hurricane does pass close enough to the province, winds around 100 km/h could start picking up Saturday afternoon but most of the gusts will be offshore, Fogarty said.
He said “fairly small” storms like Arthur can be more intense so there’s a high possibility it could become a more intense Category 2 hurricane, but the impact area would also be smaller.
Arthur should become a non-tropical low-pressure storm as it tracks over Newfoundland Sunday afternoon, Fogarty said.
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso was cancelled Wednesday due to the forecast.
“It is impossible in these circumstances for us to guarantee public safety. That makes the decision for us,” said artistic director Troy Greencorn in a statement.
“It’s a horrible decision to have to make [but]… hosting an outdoor, camping festival in a hurricane would be foolhardy.”
The upcoming Stan Rogers Folk Festival has been cancelled for this year due to an approaching tropical storm.
Greencorn said the festival, which was going to feature performers like Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle, Ani DiFranco, Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro and Thom Swift, will update ticket holders with more information through the festival’s website at stanfest.com and social network sites by early next week.