As slow-moving Hurricane Dorian continues churning parallel to the coastline of the Southeastern United States, the Canadian Hurricane Centre is getting a better sense of how the storm will impact Atlantic Canada this weekend.
Forecasters believe Dorian could be a Category 1 storm when it arrives on Saturday and follow a path to the east of mainland Nova Scotia.
Rainfall will be heavy to the west of the track which includes Southern New Brunswick with about 50 mm possible and perhaps as much as 100 mm for parts of Nova Scotia.
Hurricane-force winds with large waves and pounding surf are possible along the Atlantic coast near the track before the storm heads to Newfoundland on Sunday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is now moving toward the coast of the Carolinas with strong winds, storm surges and up to 300 mm of rain.
View from hotel balcony in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, 02 Sept 2019 (Ramon Espinosa/AP)
A number of fatalities have been reported as slow-moving Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc in the Bahamas with more 13,000 homes severely damaged.
The strongest storm to ever hit the island nation – a Category 5 with sustained winds of 320 km/h – made landfall in the Abaco Islands with drenching rain and massive storm surges creating devastating flooding.
Downgraded to a Category 4 storm but still very dangerous, hurricane watches and warnings have been posted along the southeastern United States coastline from Florida to South Carolina.
In current projections, the U.S. National Hurricane Center suggests Dorian could reach the Maritime Provinces by Saturday.
Man cuts fallen tree blocking a road in South Carolina, 09 Dec 2018 (Reuters)
Several deaths have been reported after a massive snowstorm buried parts of the Southeastern United States with more than 30 cm falling in several major cities to as much as 60 cm in the Appalachian Mountains.
North Carolina and Virginia were especially hard hit by the storm system which slowly moved out into the Atlantic Ocean today.
Highways became hazardous as snowy, icy conditions led to hundreds of collisions, dozens of flights were cancelled and schools and businesses shut down.
About 300,000 customers also lost electricity during the peak as the storm knocked trees onto power lines.
Fallen tree traps residents inside home, Wilmington, NC, USA, 15 Sept 2018 (ABC)
Since making landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence has claimed at least 15 lives.
Strong winds have toppled trees trapping some and even killing others in their own homes.
Now a tropical depression, the storm has been dumping epic amounts of rain (800 mm or more) on North and South Carolina which has caused flash flooding as rivers and streams spill their banks.
First responders have rescued almost 1,000 residents from floodwaters while nearly one million are without power and tens of thousands have sought refuge in emergency shelters.
Many highways have been left impassable and officials are urging drivers to stay at home and off the roads.
More than two million residents have been evacuated as Hurricane Florence roars toward the Southeastern United States with sustained winds of more than 175 km/h.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm is taking aim at North and South Carolina on Thursday.
A life threatening storm surge is expected along the Atlantic coast with an incredible 800 mm (30 inches) rain possible.
Emergency officials call Florence “a monster” and cities like Myrtle Beach have become eerily empty as the hurricane approaches.
Snow accumulates in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, 03 Jan 2018 (Twitter)
For the first time in 28 years, the capital of America’s Sunshine State had measurable snow.
Tallahassee may occasionally see snowflakes in winter but today was only the fourth time since 1950 that snow actually accumulated on the ground.
The wintry blast was thanks to a so-called bomb cyclone which originated off Florida’s east coast and is barreling up the Atlantic toward the Maritimes.
The intense storm system also brought heavy freezing rain to South Carolina and blizzard warnings have been posted from Virginia to Maine.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick with 30 cm of snow/ice pellets and 10 mm of rain as the temperature finally climbs above freezing.
The thermometer has not risen above zero since Christmas Day and seven straight days have been below -10 C.
Flooding after Hurricane Matthew in Charleston, SC, USA, 08 Oct 2016 (Getty Images)
The U.S. National Hurricane Center finally downgraded Matthew to a post-tropical cyclone today after pounding North and South Carolina with strong winds, heavy rain and record flooding before moving east out to sea.
Matthew made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina yesterday as a category 1 hurricane after hugging Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Hundreds had to be rescued from floodwaters in the Carolinas including one woman who was forced to cling to a tree overnight before emergency workers arrived.
The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has claimed at least 20 deaths in the Southeastern United States and more than 900 in the Caribbean, mostly in Haiti.
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.
Ana made landfall as a tropical storm near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA on Sunday morning producing a dangerous surf along beaches and more than 50 mm rain.
The remnants of Ana continued moving northeast and today moved into the Maritimes bringing a fair bit of rain.
By late afternoon in Greater Moncton, the sky really opened up and rain fell heavily for about 15 minutes or so.
Environment Canada was forecasting about 15 mm of rain today for Southeast New Brunswick.
Snow in Fredericton, NB, 02 November 2014 (Twitter)
At the height of the Nor’easter, the rain/snow line across New Brunswick stretched from Charlotte County to Grand Lake to Miramichi.
Greater Moncton received steady rain this weekend with 52 mm reported as of 5pm AST while snow and ice pellets fell in Fredericton and up to 30 cm snow expected for western and northern New Brunswick.
Thousands across the province lost power during the storm due to strong, gusty winds and heavy snow bringing down tree branches.
The same storm also brought early season snow to the Eastern United States mostly in the Appalachian Mountains from South Carolina to Maine.