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Canada Deadly rip currents could persist days after tropical storm Chris

18:29  12 july  2018
18:29  12 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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.

Worst rip currents can happen days after storm . Houser said the so-called calm after the storm could lull people into a false sense of safety. "And the majority of drownings that have happened in parts of Florida are two to three days after a major tropical storm or hurricane when people believe

The current Tropical Storm Chris is growing in size and strength as it passes over the warm Gulf Stream waters. Worst rip currents can happen days after storm . Houser said the so-called calm after the storm could lull people into a false sense of safety.

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water: Just because the sea looks calm, it doesn't mean there isn't a rip current present. © Paul Palmeter/CBC Just because the sea looks calm, it doesn't mean there isn't a rip current present.

Hurricane Chris has been downgraded to a tropical storm and will mostly miss Nova Scotia, but rip currents could pose a deadly risk at some East Coast beaches over the coming days, says a professor who studies the phenomena.

Chris Houser, dean of science at the University of Windsor in Ontario, said being in the water over the next few days could be dangerous.

"They pulse. Sometimes the water may seem to be relatively calm and the current's not very strong, but then a minute later and a whole bunch of waves have just broken, the current picks up and can take you offshore," he told CBC's Maritime Noon .

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.

Hurricane Chris has been downgraded to a tropical storm and will mostly miss Nova Scotia, but rip currents could pose a deadly risk at some East Coast beaches over the coming days , says a professor who studies the phenomena.

The current Tropical Storm Chris is growing in size and strength as it passes over the warm Gulf Stream waters. According to the NHC, Storm Chris will be categorised as a hurricane at some point today. In an advisory, the NHC said: “Strengthening is expected during the next couple of days

The strong post-tropical storm Chris is expected to track across the southern Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland Thursday afternoon, said meteorologist Jim Abraham, with a chance of rain clipping southeastern Cape Breton.

Environment Canada says ocean swells west of Halifax will reach two to three metres, three to four metres further east, and will gradually diminish Thursday night into Friday.

Worst rip currents can happen days after storm

Houser said the so-called calm after the storm could lull people into a false sense of safety.

"What may seem calm after the storm actually can be the most dangerous situation," he said.

"And the majority of drownings that have happened in parts of Florida are two to three days after a major tropical storm or hurricane when people believe it's now safe, but the [sand]bars have now got into this configuration where the rips are very, very strong."

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.

Rip currents can look darker in colour than the nearby water and it's a spot where the waves aren't breaking. When you hit the beach for a swim this summer, watch out for dangerous rip currents that can carry you offshore very Deadly rip currents could persist days after tropical storm Chris .

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a close up of a map: This sign illustrates what swimmers should do if they're caught in rip currents. © Steve Bruce/CBC This sign illustrates what swimmers should do if they're caught in rip currents.

Rip currents occur when high surf pushes water up on the shore, and it rushes back out to sea in narrow channels between sandbars. They can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including any of the world's oceans, seas and large lakes.

Houser warns conditions can change and rip currents can happen suddenly with changing wind and wave conditions.

"The beach that was safe this morning is no longer safe this afternoon," said Houser.

What to do if you're caught in a rip current

The Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service also offers these tips if you get caught in a rip current:

Houser said the strongest water movement in a rip current is where you're most buoyant — at chest level.

"And so you could be jumping in the waves and you get picked up by waves, you lose your footing and that current has pushed you offshore where you know can no longer touch," he said.

He said he's measured rip currents as fast as three metres per second that can move people offshore.

Houser said it's very difficult to spot a rip current, especially for someone who hasn't spent much time at the beach.

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  • "Don't panic.
  • Poor/tired swimmers should swim parallel to shore approximately 30 metres, then return to shore.
  • Strong swimmers should swim at a 45-degree angle across the rip in the same direction as the side/lateral current.
  • If the current is too strong for you and you require assistance from a lifeguard, raise one of your arms straight directly above your head."
  • Post-tropical storm Chris veers west, drenching Gander .
    St. John's and surrounding areas were spared the rain, but not the high winds.  "[It] took a more westward track ... [ended up] moving through Placentia Bay right up through Trinity Bay," says Wanda Batten, a meteorologist with the Gander weather office.

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