Atlantic Canada is in the sights of a strong system whose impacts will start making themselves felt on Thursday. The storm is affecting the northeastern U.S. as a nor'easter, but though it will be past its peak strength once it reaches Canada's east coast, it will still be packing very strong winds and heavy downpours. More details on timing and effects, and how well conditions will recover into next week, below.
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- Nor'easter targets Atlantic Canada; heavy rain, strong winds expected to arrive on Thursday
- Power outages possible with this storm, wind gusts possibly reaching 100 km/h
- Temperatures hovering around seasonal
- Stay on top of ALERTS in your area
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This storm, which hadn't yet reached 'weather bomb' status by dropping 24 millibars in pressure in 24 hours as of Wednesday evening, is expected to be powerful, but down from its peak by the time its outer bands begin impacting the Maritime provinces.
By early Thursday morning, the first few raindrops will begin to fall, gradually spreading across the whole of the Maritimes by the afternoon, with the heaviest rain expected for coastal areas of Nova Scotia. Across the Gulf, Newfoundland will see the rain later Thursday through to Friday.
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Potentially more damaging for people in the region will be the system's intense winds, which have prompted Environment Canada to issue wind warnings for parts of western and southern Nova Scotia, including the Halifax Regional Municipality
Wind gusts of 70 to 90 km/h are expected, though some could reach or exceed 100 km/h in parts of New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia. The strongest winds will arrive in western Nova Scotia by Wednesday afternoon:
Higher than normal water levels and rough surf is also possible along the Atlantic near high tide on Thursday, Environment Canada warns in the special weather statement issued.
The rain and wind will weaken as it tracks through Newfoundland by Thursday evening.
"As the fall storm winds down on Friday, we'll see a very mild day for Newfoundland with rain," adds meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "Things will be a bit cool through the weekend, but above seasonal temperatures dominate much of next week."
Stay with us here at The Weather Network for your latest forecast updates as we continue to follow this system.