Hurricane Nicole expected to spare Canada, cause high winds in Grand Banks

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Hurricane Nicole, which hit Bermuda on Thursday, will likely bypass Canada as it tracks northward.

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    After passing directly through Bermuda, the Category 3 storm will track northeast through the Atlantic Ocean, according to forecasts from Environment Canada. As it moves northeast, it’s expected to stay well out to sea – good news for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland communities still recovering from massive flooding caused by storms over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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    “We’re not expecting a whole lot of impacts here in Canada based on the current track and how that track is trending,” said Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

    He expects the centre of the storm to stay just south of the Grand Banks, about 200 km south of Newfoundland. It will reach that area sometime over the weekend.

    Newfoundlanders won’t see many effects on land, he said, with high winds and rain mostly happening out to sea. At most, there may be larger than usual sea swells early next week.

    “It could always change and we’re keeping a close eye on it, but in the last day to day and a half, every subsequent model run is actually pushing it farther away from land. So there’s a high degree of confidence that it’s going to stay far enough offshore.”

    Hurricane Nicole’s path, as reported by the National Hurricane Centre Thursday morning.