Tropical cyclone Gabrielle to hit Maritimes tonight

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Here's the latest on tropical cyclone Gabrielle which is poised to strike the Maritimes.

Tropical cyclone Gabrielle is headed to the Maritimes.

Tropical cyclone information statement for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island for tropical storm Gabrielle.

Gabrielle beginning to accelerate northeastward – currently merging with frontal system - heavy rain for many parts of Atlantic Canada.

Gabrielle is currently located south of the Maritimes and is moving northward. It will continue to accelerate toward the northeast today as it merges with a cold front approaching from New England.

The front - currently completely separate from Gabrielle - will give heavy rainfall to portions of New Brunswick today.

As Gabrielle moves northward, its moisture will be drawn toward the front. Rainfall from this feature is expected to spread across Nova Scotia and PEI today.

Gabrielle maintains marginal tropical storm status, and little change in intensity is expected. The storm centre itself is not likely to have much of a direct impact on the region since most of its energy will transfer to the cold front. What is left of Gabrielle's wind will likely clip Eastern Nova Scotia tonight. The original storm centre may completely be merged with the front by the time it reaches Western Newfoundland by early Saturday.

An area of gusty winds associated with the remnants of Gabrielle will affect Eastern Mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton tonight, with wind gusts up to 70 km/h expected. Les Suetes winds up to 90 km/h Are forecast in the Lee of the Cape Breton Highlands tonight. These gustier winds will also move into Newfoundland by Saturday morning.

Rain (heavy at times) should develop over Southwestern Nova Scotia this morning and spread to the remainder of the province and Prince Edward Island during the day. Computer models are indicating that the heaviest rainfall related to Gabrielle's remnant low will fall along a swath just west of and roughly parallel to its track across Eastern Nova Scotia. Rainfall warnings are in effect for parts of

Central and Northeastern Nova Scotia, as well as Queens and Kings County PEI. Local rainfall amounts of up to 70 millimetres are possible in these areas. There is a slight risk of 100 millimetres within the swath, which could give localized flooding. Note that a change in track or timing of the interaction of the aforementioned front with Gabrielle could shift these maximum rainfall areas to other regions.

The west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive heavy rain from the unrelated front today. Rain related to the remnants of Gabrielle will begin to affect southern parts of western Newfoundland tonight and amounts could exceed 30-40 millimetres through Saturday.

Moderate wave/surf conditions are likely along the Atlantic coast of Guysborough County, Cape Breton, and Southern Newfoundland associated with the remnants of Gabrielle.

Gale warnings are in effect for maritime waters near and east of Gabrielle's track. Gale force winds will likely develop ahead of Gabrielle over southern maritime waters this morning, then spread northward during the day and to Southern Newfoundland waters tonight. The strongest winds will likely occur just east of the remaining circulation when it crosses Maritimes and Newfoundland waters.

Wave models show the potential for wave heights of 4 to 6 metres as the leftovers of Gabrielle move through. 

Visit weatheroffice.Gc.Ca/hurricane (all in lower case) for the latest information.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island Cape Breton New England New Brunswick Southern Newfoundland Guysborough County

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