The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is shifting into high gear as it often does this month.
Florence is the newest storm to pose a threat and the Category 3 storm is now churning toward Bermuda.
Some computer models are suggesting Florence could impact the U.S. Eastern Seaboard by the middle of next week.
Even if Florence stays out to sea, forecasters say numerous other systems are developing over the Atlantic as the hurricane season reaches its average peak on September 10th.
Hurricane Kate has formed north of Bermuda but the Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm is not expected to impact Atlantic Canada.
The fourth hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season was centred 420 kilometres north of Bermuda early today and moving northeast at 65 km/h.
The maximum sustained winds were 120 km/h.
Forecasters are monitoring Kate and an unrelated system south of Cape Cod that could bring some rain to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Flooding in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 04 Oct 2015 (AFP/Getty Images)
Apart from cloud cover over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick tonight, Hurricane Joaquin will have no impact on Atlantic Canada as it churns northeastward across the ocean.
Joaquin brushed past Bermuda yesterday as a Category 2 storm with winds up to 160 km/h after roaring across the Bahamas as a major Category 4 hurricane where a U.S. cargo ship disappeared with more than 30 crew aboard.
U.S. forecasters say the moisture-laden storm was also partially responsible for record rainfall of more than 300 mm in parts of South Carolina – several months’ worth of rain in only 24 hours.
Although models showed the remnants of Joaquin would make it to the United Kingdom, it looks like the storm will weaken but bring rain and strong winds to Portugal later this week.
Police car wades through street flooding in St. John’s, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)
Hurricane Gonzalo passed about 50 km south of Cape Race, Newfoundland as a Category 1 storm near dawn this morning.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre noted strong winds gusting up to 100 km/h were reported at Cape Race with higher gusts in the Grand Banks which created 5-12 metre waves along the Atlantic coast.
Flash flooding was reported across the Avalon Peninsula with 50-60 mm of rain falling in St. John’s over just a few hours.
The fast moving Gonzalo, which passed directly over Bermuda on Friday as a Category 4 storm, is now a post-tropical system heading toward the United Kingdom.
Hopewell Cape, NB, 13 Oct 2014 (Dearing)
Forecasters say a warm air mass over the Maritimes responsible for record highs over the past couple days is being held in place by the approaching Hurricane Gonzalo.
Greater Moncton set a new record high of 23.7 C for 15 October beating the old record of 21.7 C from 1943.
Although expected to have little impact on New Brunswick, Gonzalo may brush eastern Nova Scotia and eastern Newfoundland as a strong post-tropical storm this weekend.
In the meantime, the Category 3 storm is expected to hit the tiny British territory of Bermuda by mid-Friday.
After an extremely quiet hurricane season so far, along comes Gabrielle which is likely to impact Atlantic Canada this weekend.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre issued a tropical cyclone statement today for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle has redeveloped after being a weak low and is currently near Bermuda.
At this early stage, forecasters say the storm is likely to track over the eastern Maritimes with heavy rainfall late Friday-early Saturday with high winds for Newfoundland.
Courtesy Canadian Hurricane Centre, 15 October 2012
Forecasters say Hurricane Rafael has formed in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda.
The U.S. Hurricane Center said Monday night that Rafael’s top sustained winds had risen to near 120 kph, making it the ninth hurricane of the Atlantic season.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm will likely have an impact on eastern Newfoundland by late Wednesday with heavy rain but the wind threat is descreasing since the current track is putting Rafael far offshore.
Courtesy U.S. National Hurricane Centre
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland can expect heavy surf over the next few days ahead of Hurricane Leslie, a Category 1 storm which is currently churning slowly toward Bermuda.
Residents of the British territory were stocking up on emergency supplies today and tourists were cancelling holiday plans to the remote island.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Leslie could impact Atlantic Canada by Tuesday but its path is still uncertain.
Some models show Leslie making landfall in Cape Breton while others show it veering off to the northeast and being pushed back to the ocean by a high pressure system.
Just when you thought the 2011 hurricane season was over (officially it ends on 30 November), along comes another storm.
Tropical Storm Sean is churning SW of Bermuda and could become a hurricane by tomorrow.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre is monitoring Sean as he moves north and officials say Atlantic Canada can expect high winds, heavy rain and unseasonably warm temperatures (up to 20 C) starting Thursday and into Friday.
Hurricane Katia, 06 Sept 2011 (courtesy NOAA)
After being hammered by Hurricane Irene less than two weeks ago, residents along east coast of North America are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief that Katia is expected to take a sharp easterly turn by the weekend.
Forecasters do say the storm will brush Bermuda and the southern coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland can expect large waves starting on Friday.
Meantime, Tropical Depression 14 has formed in the central Atlantic and hurricane watchers say once named it could pose a threat to Puerto Rico or the Southeastern U.S. by next week.