Arthur upgraded to hurricane status as it moves toward Atlantic region

Deana Stokes Sullivan
Published on July 3, 2014

Tropical storm Arthur off the east coast of the United States has been upgraded to hurricane status this morning and is still spiralling toward Atlantic Canada.

As a post-tropical storm, it's expected to bring wet and windy weather to the Atlantic region, including Newfoundland, on the weekend.

Environment Canada says a trough of low pressure will be moving eastward from the Great Lakes, guiding Arthur toward the Atlantic region where wind gusts could exceed 100 km/h.

Due to uncertainty in the track, Environment Canada says it's too early to say for certain where in Atlantic Canada the strongest winds will be. Nova Scotia is expected to experience the windier side of the storm.

Significant rainfall amounts are also likely for parts of Atlantic Canada on the weekend. The weather office says general amounts of 50 to 100 millimetres are likely with a good probability of higher amounts north of the track. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have a higher risk of receiving the heaviest rainfall.


High waves and storm surges at sea are also possible. Environment Canada says details as to the exact location of where the biggest impact from surge and waves will occur will become clearer on Friday. Atlantic coastal Nova Scotia has a higher risk of surge and waves in the region.