Atlantic Storm to Bring East Coast Rip Currents, Canada Rain

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
October 01, 2013; 1:31 PM
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A storm off the East Coast will continue its northward trek through the western Atlantic, remaining weak and east of the United States. Dangerous rip currents and rough surf will be a factor however along the East Coast, with wind and rain targeting Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Effects from the storm on the U.S. will be minimal. What once appeared to be a concerning storm has now weakened and tracked farther east. The overall weather will remain dry along the East Coast.

Gusty breezes will persist along the coast from the Jersey shoreline and Maine through at least Tuesday morning. Early morning fog can be a problem away from the coast through the early week as well.

Impacts from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland will be felt later on Monday into Wednesday with the effects of a moderate nor'easter with rough seas and periods of windswept rain.

The most significant impact from a U.S. standpoint will be locally rough surf and offshore seas through much of Monday. However, because of the farther east and weaker storm track, problems related to this will be minor. Most larger, ocean-worthy vessels will have no issues negotiating the conditions. Small craft should exercise caution when venturing away from coastal waters as the storm begins its northward run offshore.

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The prospects of this storm gaining tropical characteristics are bleak at this point.

According to Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, "There is a chance the storm takes on some tropical characteristics before reaching Atlantic Canada waters, but disruptive winds and colder water farther north would limit the intensity and deter rapid strengthening of the system."

The storm will depart Newfoundland midweek, but could get caught up in the slow pattern and bring more rain towards the weekend.

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