An AccuWeather image showing the expected effects of tropical storm Gabrielle on Newfoundland Friday.
AccuWeather in the United States is predicting that tropical storm Gabrielle will pose a threat to Atlantic Canada before the end of this week.
The storm, now affecting Bermuda, is expected to track northward over the next several days, maintaining it's tropical storm status through Friday.
AccuWeather.com says a cold front swinging through southern Quebec and the northeastern United States will move off the coast around the same time that Gabrielle is nearing Nova Scotia. "This front could enhance Gabrielle slightly during this time as the system bears down on Atlantic Canada. In addition to possibly enhancing Gabrielle, this cold front will keep the tropical storm far enough east to have no impacts on the United States."
The main threat from Gabrielle in Atlantic Canada is expected to be heavy rain with the heaviest rain falling across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
According to AccuWeather.com Canada weather specialist and blogger Brett Anderson, the heaviest rainfall, likely 25-50 mm, will run along and just west of the track up through eastern Nova Scotia and western Newfoundland.
In addition to the heavy rainfall, Anderson says Gabrielle will also bring winds of tropical storm force to the region that could bring down trees and lead to power outages.
"At this point, it looks like tropical storm-force winds could impact Cape Breton then the south coast of Newfoundland late Friday and Friday night." Anderson said.
By Saturday, interactions with land and the sweeping energy of the cold front are expected to cause Gabrielle to lose tropical storm characteristics. But, Anderson says, the system may still bring some more rainfall to the area before it lifts into the northern Atlantic Ocean.