Rafael expected to pass south of Grand Banks Wednesday

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High winds forecast for Wreckhouse, heavy rain for some areas of the province

Environment Canada says hurricane Rafael is currently located several hundred kilometres south of Bermuda and is forecast to pass just south of the Grand Banks Wednesday evening.

The extreme winds accompanying Rafael are forecast to stay well south of Newfoundland, but Environment Canada’s latest forecast says the heavy rain associated with the storm is expected to pass just east of the Avalon Peninsula overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

The Burgeo-Ramea area is expected to have heavy rainfall into this evening with an accumulation of about 50 mm.

In the meantime, there is a warning that potentially hazardous winds are expected in the Wreckhouse area of southwestern Newfoundland.

Southeast winds gusting to at least 110 km/h are expected to develop early this evening or even possibly late this afternoon.

Environment Canada says a developing low pressure system will move through the Gulf of St. Lawrence this afternoon then continue northward to lie near Upper Lake Melville by Wednesday morning. A warm front associated with this low will bring rain at times heavy strong southerly winds and warm temperature to all areas of the island of Newfoundland tonight.

The highest winds, however, are expected along the southwest coast. The high winds in the Wreckhouse area are expected to develop ahead of the warm front.

Environment Canada advises anyone in the area to monitor weather conditions and check for updated statements.

Environment Canada’s website is www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

Brett Anderson, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, who writes a blog on short and long-term weather forecasts for Canada, notes that Rafael, while tracking southeast of Newfoundland and expected to have minimal effect on the province, will cause rough surf conditions at sea.

His blog can be read online at www.accuweather.com.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Centre in the United States is also tracking Rafael. It’s website is www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Organizations: Environment Canada, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Geographic location: Wreckhouse, Newfoundland, Bermuda Avalon Peninsula Southwestern Newfoundland.Southeast Upper Lake Melville Canada United States

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