Current track of Hurricane Arthur from Environment Canada
Environment Canada has updated its tropical storm warnings to include all of Prince Edward Island.
Tropical storm conditions are possible early Saturday morning to Saturday evening with tropical storm force winds of possibly 60 km/h gusting to 90 km/h over exposed areas from hurricane Arthur, Environment Canada says in a weather statement issued late Thursday night. It is expected to be a strong post-tropical storm when it affects the Maritimes Saturday and areas within the watch areas could see winds gusting to 90 km/h with some seeing higher gusts.
In the statement, Environment Canada said a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds near 65 km/h or more) are possible over parts of the region within 36 hours. By nature, a tropical storm also implies the threat of local flooding from heavy rainfall so consult your local area forecast for possible rainfall warnings, the statement says.
Meanwhile, hurricane Arthur will continue to strengthen as it passes very near the North Carolina coast Thursday night. The storm will move northeastward and merge with a cold front while moving across Atlantic Canada this weekend and the combined system will bring heavy rain and strong winds to Prince Edward Island on Saturday.
At the moment, general amounts of 50 to 100 millimetres are likely with a good probability of higher amounts near and to the left of the track of the system. Southern portions of New Brunswick and much of Prince Edward Island are at a higher risk of receiving the heaviest rainfall. Some areas could see rainfall rates in excess of 15 millimetres per hour for a period of several hours. Additionally, strong winds are expected to develop Saturday and persist until Sunday morning as the system tracks through the region.
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.