Gonzalo gives Newfoundland a fast punch

Police car wades through street flooding in St. John's, NL, 19 Oct 2014 (CP)

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.


Cristobal will have some impact on Atlantic Canada

track(2)Hurricane Cristobal continues to churn in the Atlantic tonight, about 450 km east-southeast of Cape Hatteras and racing northeastward toward the Grand Banks.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Cristobal will likely merge with a cold front moving southward over Atlantic Canada.

Forecasters say the result will be periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and fall-like temperatures for the Maritimes and Newfoundland by Friday.

“Zombie hurricane” Chris

Chris in the North Atlantic, 21 June 2012 (courtesy NOAA)

Chris spent mere hours Thursday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the season and now has weakened to a tropical storm.

Forecasters called Chris a “zombie hurricane” because given its location in the North Atlantic so early in the season in colder waters, it should be dead but it continues to churn.

The storm is roughly 500 km SE of the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and is not expected to have any wind or rain impact on land.

Ophelia races over Newfoundland

Belloram, NL on Fortune Bay, 03 Oct 2011 (RCMP)

Eastern Newfoundland took a lashing from Ophelia this morning but by the time she arrived, the storm had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

At Cape Race on the Avalon Peninsula, a wind gust of 98 km/h was recorded.

Rain fell at a rate of 20 mm per hour which caused flooding and forced some evacuations including the community of Belloram on Fortune Bay.

Waves were powerful too with some buoys registering peak wave heights of up to 22 metres around the Grand Banks.