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Powerful winds and storm surge batter Atlantic Canada

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

June 16, 2010 — Near hurricane-strength winds will be tearing across parts of Newfoundland and Cape Breton today.

Hold onto your hat! It's going to be a windy day across Newfoundland and parts of Nova Scotia.

A massive low pressures system is sweeping across both provinces today, and it will be bringing blustery conditions to the coastal regions.

“We're looking at sustained winds of 100km/h at times,” says Mark Robinson, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “We could see gusts just shy of hurricane strength, which is 120km/h.”

Cape Breton and the south coast of Newfoundland could get the most damaging winds. Both regions could also see large swells and storm surge.

Still, this low pressure system won't be sticking around for long.

“In Nova Scotia, the winds will begin to calm down in the late morning and afternoon hours,” explains Robinson. “In Newfoundland, the worst of the storm will be gone by Thursday morning.”

For details on the weather in your city, check out our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for the National Forecast, which comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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