The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a number of tropical storm watches and warnings for portions of Canada's Atlantic coast for Hurricane Teddy, despite the storm system weakening as it approaches on Tuesday, September 22. According to the latest update from the NHC at 03:00 (local time), the center of Hurricane Teddy was located 800km (495mi) south of Halifax (Nova Scotia) and was tracking north-northwestwards at 41kph (25mph), carrying maximum sustained winds of 155kph (100mph). Teddy is forecast to turn toward the north-northeast early Wednesday, September 23, and the center of the storm will track over eastern Nova Scotia on Wednesday and then near or over Newfoundland later on Wednesday. The storm system should weaken overnight and will be a post-tropical cyclone by the time it nears Nova Scotia.
Large swells are already affecting the seas off the Atlantic coast and strong winds and rainfall will begin to be felt in coastal areas from Tuesday night. Accumulations of between 50 to 100mm (2 to 4in) of rainfall are expected across Atlantic Canada through Thursday, September 24, with isolated totals of 150mm (6in). A dangerous storm surge could also produce coastal flooding as the storm makes landfall in Nova Scotia. The NHC has issued the following warnings and watches:
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- Meat Cove to Tidnish (Nova Scotia)
- North of Digby to Fort Lawrence (Nova Scotia)
- Magdalen Islands (Quebec)
- Port aux Basques to Francois (Newfoundland)
- Prince Edward Islands
Further warnings and watches could be added as the storm approaches. Wind, rain, and storm surge are expected to impact the Atlantic coast over the coming days and rough seas are already causing dangerous surf and rip current conditions. Associated disruptions to utilities, business, and transport are possible during the passing of the storm.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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