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Atlantic Canadians brace for Tropical Storm Maria

Tropical storm Maria is tracking towards Atlantic Canada
Tropical storm Maria is tracking towards Atlantic Canada

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 15, 2011 — Strong winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Maria are expected to affect Atlantic Canada over the next couple of days.

Up to 75 mm of rain possible
Up to 75 mm of rain possible

Tropical Storm Maria continues to pick up steam as it tracks closer to Bermuda. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning have been issued and Maria is expected to drop close to 80 mm of rain as it passes the island Thursday.

Maria could briefly intensify into a hurricane before moving northward and pushing into Canadian waters.

According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC), the storm is expected to merge with a large non-tropical low and cold front Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to Atlantic Canada.

50-80 mm of rain is possible in eastern Newfoundland, prompting Environment Canada to issue a rainfall warning ahead of the storm. Coastal regions should also prepare for high waves and dangerous surf.

Both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland felt the effects of Hurricane Katia, which became a post-tropical cyclone as it raced over the Grand Banks last Saturday. Waves reached a height of 13.5 meters southwest of Newfoundland as winds clocked in at up to 85 km/h.

Buoys off the coast of Nova Scotia reported waves of nearly 10 meters and a peak wind gust of 109 km/h.

Keep up to date with storm activity in the Atlantic by visiting our Tropical Storm Centre.

With files from Alexandra Pope

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