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    Soaking Rain for New England as Sean Stays Offshore

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    November 18, 2011, 7:22:04 AM EST

    The center of Sean will stay away from the coast of the United States and Canada, but a period of windswept rain will hit some locations.

    The latest status of Sean can be found in the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.

    Timetable and Impacts

    Bermuda will continue to be impacted by Sean through today. Episodes of rain and thunderstorms will affect the island nation in the morning. Even as the rain departs later today, seas will stay rough into this evening.

    A tranquil weekend is in store for Bermuda and will be welcomed by locals and tourists after, by then, a week of windswept rain and stormy seas.

    While the worst of the rain and wind will avoid New England, the Maritimes and Newfoundland can be clobbered with power outages, flash and urban flooding, rock slides and road washouts.

    Drenching rain fell in New England Thursday and Thursday night and will linger in Maine today. The rain can cause travel delays and poor drainage area flooding.

    The wind will kick in over New England today as colder air moves in behind a front. It is possible for a period of accumulating snow in northern New England at the tail end of storm this afternoon.

    Rain, gusty winds and rough seas will continue over Nova Scotia, southeastern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island today. Newfoundland will be hit by the same inclement conditions.


    Winds will not hit the Gulf of St. Lawrence region in the typical way nor'easters do. The strongest winds will be from south and southeast at around 65 mph (100 kph). Rough seas driven by the winds will create overwash on low-lying roads that face the south in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

    Weather Map Discussion

    Sean will not make landfall in North America.

    The period of strengthening with Sean has passed. Steering winds will cause Sean to curve to the northeast, accelerate and parallel the coast of North America through the end of the week. Wind sheer will cause Sean to lose tropical characteristics and break up today.

    However, the situation is more complex in that a front approaching from the west will capture some of Sean's moisture, pulling it northward into part of New England, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.

    A separate storm that developed Cape Cod Thursday night will move northward today. It is this feature that will add wind to the rain, making for all out stormy conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence region.

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