Newfoundland will likely be spared from severe effects of hurricane Arthur when it passes through Atlantic Canada as a post-tropical storm this weekend.
In a media technical briefing Friday afternoon, meteorologists with Environment Canada’s Canadian Hurricane Centre said New Brunswick is expected to be hit with the highest amounts of heavy rain from the storm, up to 150 mm in some areas, and Nova Scotia will experience the highest winds, with more than 100 km/h gusts expected in southwestern Nova Scotia.
Meteorologist Bob Robichaud said Arthur was about 530 km southwest of Massachusetts Friday afternoon, with maximum wind speeds of 150 km/h — a Category 1 hurricane — and moving northeast at about 40 km/h.
Robichaud said Arthur was expected to continue to track into the Maritimes Friday night and make landfall in Nova Scotia early today.
Chris Fogerty, program manager with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, said the heavy rainfall in New Brunswick could cause flooding and wash out some roads.
Fogerty said Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island won’t have as much rainfall and the impact of Arthur on Newfoundland won’t be as extreme as on the other Atlantic provinces.
Fogerty said the storm will bring some gusty winds to Newfoundland’s west coast, and the Wreck House area could see gale-force winds, but nothing as intense as in the Maritimes.
The Avalon Peninsula, being the furthest from the track, is expected to experience some gale-force winds and brief heavy downpours of rain Sunday.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre’s latest track map shows Arthur approaching Newfoundland’s southwest coast as a post tropical storm around 3 a.m. Sunday with wind speeds of about 85 km/h and weakening as it tracks up the west coast and Northern Peninsula throughout Sunday and into Monday morning.
Meanwhile, with the hurricane season getting off to an early start this year, Royal and Sun Alliance Co. of Canada (RSA), put together some emergency preparedness tips.
Some things you can do before a hurricane:
• Trim back dead or weak branches from trees located near your home, outbuildings, parked or stored vehicles, and power lines.
• Put away loose gardening tools, lawn furniture and toys, and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside. Make sure doors on sheds are secured and vehicles and other valuables are safely stored in the garage.
• Make sure boats are properly moored.
• Compile an emergency preparedness kit and store it in an easily accessible area of your home. Include battery-powered or wind-up flashlights and radios, extra batteries, bottled water and non-perishable food.
• Keep in mind most cordless phones will not work in a power outage. Ensure you have a telephone that does not require electricity to function.
• Fill the gas tank of your car.