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Canada Chris becomes a hurricane; starts trek to Atlantic Canada

18:52  11 july  2018
18:52  11 july  2018 Source:   theweathernetwork.com

Hurricane to hit Canada? Tropical Storm Chris likely to intensify as it heads north

  Hurricane to hit Canada? Tropical Storm Chris likely to intensify as it heads north Tropical Storm Chris, sitting virtually still a couple hundred miles off the Carolinas, is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and resume its journey toward the northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center .It was no threat to the United States, but Canadian weather officials were monitoring Chris closely as its probable path takes it toward the vicinity of the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.Canada's official government weather agency, Environment Canada, began issuing tropical cyclone statements on Sunday.

Chris became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season in early July. Hurricane Chris developed over the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina, while sitting in place for awhile, then accelerated into the north Atlantic Ocean, brushing Atlantic Canada with wind and rain as it

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After spending a few leisurely days off the coast of North Carolina, Chris finally started to make its move on Tuesday -- heading for warmer waters, and finally showing that strengthening we've been waiting for. Hurricane Chris is now on a track toward the northeast, that will take it close to Atlantic Canada by Thursday.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre has issued a statement for portions of the Atlantic provinces, as they continue to track Chris and its impacts this week. As of Wednesday morning, the storm was picking up speed and accelerating to the northeast, before passing well south of Nova Scotia by Thursday. We take a look at what we know about the storm, and what you need to know to prepare, below.

Tropical storm tracks towards Atlantic Canada

  Tropical storm tracks towards Atlantic Canada Tropical storm tracks towards Atlantic CanadaThe national weather forecaster says the storm is currently off the coast of Carolina and is expected to begin moving northeast later today.

Weekend Reads Hurricane to hit Canada ? Tropical Storm Chris likely to intensify as it heads north. 05:32 10 july 2018. According to the Canadian forecasters, Chris ' center is likely to be traveling northeast through the Atlantic a few hundred miles offshore of Nova Scotia by 9 a.m. Thursday.

Chris becomes a hurricane ; starts trek to Atlantic Canada . - Tropical Storm Chris , sitting virtually still a couple hundred miles off the Carolinas, is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and resume its journey toward the northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) And Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) are issuing statementson Hurricane Chris
  • Chris become a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday afternoon, strengthening to a Category 2 storm Tuesday night as it churned of the Mid-Atlantic coast
  • Storm expected to take a northeast track toward Nova Scotia, Newfoundland late week
  • Forecast to weaken and become a strong post-tropical cyclone by Thursday night or earlier
  • Southeastern Newfoundland remains the most likely area that will receive direct impacts from Chris

Hurricane Chris gathered strength as it churned off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states to become a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale on Tuesday, but it was not expected to make landfall over the United States, the U.S. National Hurricane Center(NHC) said.

Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland

  Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland Weather forecasters say tropical storm Chris has reached hurricane strength while moving away from the U.S. coast in the Atlantic.Chris, a tropical storm churning off the coast of the mid-Atlantic U.S. states, strengthened to become a hurricane on Tuesday and was not expected to make landfall over the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season became the most recent season to feature four simultaneous named storms, after 2008. Chris formed a day after Beryl, strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane on July 11, before dissipating over Atlantic Canada the following day.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued its last tropical cyclone information statement for Newfoundland early Friday morning as the centre of Chris moved northeast of the island and is "speeding off into the Atlantic ."

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Chris was packing maximum sustained winds of 165 km/h Wednesday morning and was about 510 km east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and about 1885 km southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, the NHC said in its advisory at 5 a.m. AST.

The storm was expected to strengthen through Wednesday and then lose force from Thursday, the center says.

"Chris has increased its forward speed and is now moving toward the northeast near 35 km/h," Wednesday morning's statement reads. "This general motion with additional increase in forward speed is anticipated during the next 2 to 3 days."

Hurricane Chris will continue northeastward through Thursday, passing well south of Nova Scotia. Chris will slowly weaken as it tracks near the Avalon Peninsula as a post-tropical storm late Thursday evening. No coastal watches or warnings in effect for the U.S. and Canada, however Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement or parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Workers leave oil platforms off Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Chris

  Workers leave oil platforms off Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Chris ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada. ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Chris ad The Category 2 storm, which was about 600 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Wednesday, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.

… chris finally becomes a hurricane while moving away from the united states… Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane -force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and

Chris becomes a hurricane ; starts trek to Atlantic Canada . Environment Canada is warning that tropical storm Arthur could affect Atlantic Canada this will be moving east from the Great Lakes, guiding the storm towards Atlantic Canada .

STORM TRACK: ATLANTIC CANADA IMPACTS

Beyond Wednesday, the storm will venture north of the Gulf Stream, leading it into cool Canadian waters. At the same time, an upper trough over the northeast U.S. will sweep off the coast, dramatically increasing wind shear as Chris moves toward Atlantic Canada. These factors combined will speed Chris's degradation to an extratropical low as it moves toward Newfoundland.

Southeastern Newfoundland remains the spot most likely to be impacted by a post-tropical Chris later this week, as the track still brings the storm's centre either directly over the island, or just to the south. While it will no longer be a tropical storm, the remnants may still bring heavy rain, strong winds, and rough surf along parts of the coast. Coastal Nova Scotia may be brushed by the outer rain bands of Chris and larger ocean swells could also pound the coastline as the storm passes to the south. Below is a look at current forecast conditions based on a Wednesday morning statement issued by Environment Canada.

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Hurricane Chris tracks towards Newfoundland

  Hurricane Chris tracks towards Newfoundland HALIFAX - Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hammer parts of eastern Newfoundland today as hurricane Chris tracks towards the region. Environment Canada says Chris was about 372 kilometres southwest of Sable Island early Thursday morning and is expected to weaken into a post-tropical storm as it moves northeast and tracks over the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula Thursday evening. Rain warnings have been issued for some eastern parts of the province, where up to 70 millimetres of rain could fall Thursday afternoon and evening.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a statement for portions of the Atlantic provinces, as they continue to track Chris and its impacts. We take a look at what we know about the storm, and what you need to know to prepare, PLUS a comparison to previous Canadian landfalls, below.

Tropical Storm Chris became the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season at 5 pm EDT Tuesday Forecast for Chris . Chris began its long-awaited trek to the northeast late Monday night, and its Figure 2. The starting -point analysis for the 06Z Tuesday run of the HWRF model, showing

WIND

  • The most likely area for strongest winds from Chris will be over the Avalon Peninsula. 
  • Based on current track and intensity the likely range of maximum winds for these areas will be in the 80 km/h to 100 km/h range, but could potentially gust a bit higher just south of Chris' track.

RAINFALL

  • The likelihood for heavy rainfall from Chris will be over southeastern half of Newfoundland, where amounts in excess of 50 millimetres are likely for some areas and locally could reach 70 mm or more. 
  • There is still a chance some rain could brush easternmost parts of Cape Breton Island as Chris passes by, but the likelihood for a heavy rainfall there is very low.

SURGE AND WAVES

  • High waves, pounding surf and storm surge will be a consideration for the southern coastlines of the Avalon Peninsula. 
  • Swells along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia could reach 2 to 4 metres. 
  • For southern Newfoundland, of 4 to 6 metres are possible with potentially up to 8 metres possible for parts of the Avalon Peninsula based on the current forecast track.

We will continue to monitor and update the forecast in the coming days.

Forecasters monitor every movement of Chris at the Canadian Hurricane Center in Nova ScotiaIt's a busy scene inside the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as forecasters continue to monitor every movement of Chris.

Hurricane Chris tracks towards Newfoundland

  Hurricane Chris tracks towards Newfoundland Hurricane Chris tracks towards NewfoundlandRain warnings have been issued for the region, where up to 70 millimetres could fall by Thursday night. Wind gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour were expected for parts of the Avalon Peninsula, including St. John's.

JULY 10th, 2018 -- 10pm Tuesday Update. As of the 10pm CDT hour, Chris has rapidly strengthened and is now classified as a Category 2 Hurricane . Winds are sustained at 105mph. Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles outward from the center while tropical storm force winds extend out 90 miles.

Chris Finally Becomes a Hurricane While Moving Away From the United States. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Interests along the coast of North Carolina and in Atlantic Canada should monitor the progress of Hurricane Chris .

(SEE ALSO: BIG changes made to 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook by CSU)

REMNANTS OF BERYL

Tropical Storm Beryl degraded over the past weekend as it moved into less favourable atmospheric and sea surface conditions. As of Tuesday, the storm had lost its organization, and the remnants are bringing a disorganized cluster of thunderstorms over Hispaniola. The weakened system will be one to watch, however, as environmental conditions will become less hostile. The NHC has flagged the zone for potential regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week when the system is forecast to turn northward over the Bahamas.

ALTERATIONS MADE TO 2018 HURRICANE PREDICTIONS

Last week, the tropical meteorology research team at Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Sciences made adjustments to the original Atlantic Hurricane season forecastreleased back in early April. Initially forecasters anticipated a slightly above average Atlantic hurricane season, but no repeat of the 2017 season which was one of the most active and destructive this century. 


With over a month of the season consumed, there has been very little activity, although the season will most likely pick-up as we move into the peak months of August and September. The new numbers released by CSU now shown a total of 14 named storms (average 12), 6 hurricanes (average 6.5) and 2 major hurricanes category 3 or stronger (average 2).

The only storm accounted for this season before Beryl is Alberto, a subtropical system that formed on May 25th in the Caribbean Sea and made landfall a few days later in Laguna Beach, Florida. With Alberto forming before June 1st, the official start of the hurricane season, this is the fourth consecutive year in which a preseason storm forms.

With files from Weather Network meteorologists Dr. Mario Picazo and Caroline Floyd, as well as Environment Canada, the National Hurricane Center and Reuters

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