HALIFAX (CP) — Tropical storm Gabrielle is still hundreds of kilometres from the Maritimes, but Environment Canada has already issued a series of rainfall warnings for Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
The storm is expected to dump up to 70 millimetres of rain in parts of the Maritimes before moving on the Newfoundland later this evening.
Wind gusts could hit 70 kilometres per hour, but forecasters say the storm is expected to be more of a rain event.
The strongest winds are expected along western Cape Breton, where Les Suetes winds are expected to peak at 90 kilometres per hour.
Rainfall warnings are in effect for parts of central and northeastern Nova Scotia as well as Queens and Kings counties in Prince Edward Island.
Bands of heavy rain swept across the provinces this morning in advance of the storm.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says that rain is being caused by a separate weather front that is drawing on Gabrielle’s tropical moisture.
Forecasters say if there is a slight change in the storm’s track or intensity, the rainfall warnings could extended to other areas.