Storm surge in St. John's harbour

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Boats in St. John's harbour are riding unusually high in the water today as the storm surge expected from the remnants of hurricane Rafael has raised the level to about 20 inches below the harbour apron.

According to Environment Canada, precipitation from what's now termed post-tropical storm Rafael has now moved well offshore from Newfoundland.

The storm rapidly crossed the Southeastern Grand Banks early this morning and is now speeding away into the North Atlantic.

But, there are warnings that even as it exits Canadian waters, it still may trigger rapid changes in water levels and shifts in currents in many harbours from Placentia Bay around the Avalon and as far north as Trinity Bay.

Environment Canada says high sea states possibly reaching 10 to 12 metres likely impacted the Southern Grand Banks this morning as a result of Rafael's speed, pressure and track. Pounding surf and breaking waves of five to seven metres could impact the coastlines in Southern Newfoundland.

Geographic location: St. John's

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