Trop­i­cal storm Michael soaks East Coast



Post-trop­i­cal storm Michael soaked much of At­lantic Canada Fri­day as it con­tin­ued its northerly track af­ter lay­ing waste to parts of Flor­ida.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued a slew of spe­cial weather state­ments and warn­ings Fri­day for New Brunswick, New­found­land and Labrador and Nova Sco­tia.

“We’re ex­pect­ing some heavy rain from post-trop­i­cal storm Michael. The storm it­self is go­ing to be pass­ing to the south­east very quickly to­day and tonight,” Ian Hub­bard, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Cana­dian Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax, said in an in­ter­view Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“For the Mar­itimes to­mor­row morn­ing, skies will be clear­ing out and we’re look­ing at a fairly de­cent week­end for Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.”

Heavy rains were ex­pected for much of re­gion, and parts of south­ern New­found­land were fore­cast to get up to 40 mil­lime­tres as the storm quickly moved south of the Avalon penin­sula Fri­day evening be­fore head­ing out to sea Satur­day.

Winds were ex­pected to ex­tend up to 445 kilo­me­tres from its cen­tre and were fore­cast to strengthen again to about 100 kilo­me­tres an hour in ar­eas along the East Coast.

The na­tional weather fore­caster said Michael was ex­pected to gen­er­ate some mi­nor storm surges and large swells along New­found­land’s south and east coasts dur­ing the fall­ing tide early Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“For New­found­land, the rain will be lin­ger­ing on a lit­tle in the morn­ing, and then af­ter that it will clear out and we’re look­ing at im­prov­ing sky con­di­tions for the week­end,” said Hub­bard.

Search and res­cue teams con­tin­ued Fri­day to look for bod­ies in smashed homes in Flor­ida. The storm was blamed for at least 11 deaths in the U.S.

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