Chris to blast southeastern Newfoundland prior to week's end
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 12, 2018, 10:13:15 PM EDT
Heavy rain and gusty winds from Chris will blast part of Newfoundland after brushing Nova Scotia on Thursday.
The United States was spared any direct impacts from Chris early this week as it strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane about 250 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on Tuesday night. Chris has since weakened to a tropical storm.
However, strong rip currents produced by the storm's powerful winds proved fatal for a swimmer in North Carolina this week. These risks will continue on Thursday.
After remaining nearly stationary off the coast of North Carolina for a couple of days, Chris has picked up speed and is moving swiftly toward southeastern Newfoundland.
People in northeastern Nova Scotia will continue to experience rain and gusty winds as Chris passes by offshore into Thursday afternoon.
"It will eventually lose its tropical characteristics as it tracks over the colder water near Atlantic Canada later Thursday and Thursday night," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards.
"Damaging wind gusts of 80-95 km/h (50-60 mph) are expected across far southeastern Newfoundland over the Avalon Peninsula Thursday night and early Friday morning," Edwards said. He stressed that winds of this caliber can result in toppled trees, power lines and power disruptions.
"Gusts to 130 km/h (80 mph) are not out of the question, mainly over coastal communities," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
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A widespread 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rain is expected, with localized amounts up to 130 mm (5 inches) possible. This can lead to localized flooding and rising water levels on area creeks and rivers as well as coastal flooding. Rough surf will keep boats in port on at least Thursday and Friday, and ferry services may be halted for a time.
"The quick pace of Chris should limit these hazards at any specific location to 6-12 hours," Pydynowski said.
Chris is then expected to sweep into the open waters of the North Atlantic, allowing calmer weather to ensue over the Canadian Maritime.
Chris will spread some rain across Iceland and warmth across Ireland and the United Kingdom this weekend.
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