Wet, windy weather in store as Hurricane Chris heads toward Newfoundland

Wet, windy weather in store as Hurricane Chris heads toward Newfoundland

After days of dry, hot weather with fire hazard ratings up and some heat warnings in effect, parts of Newfoundland are set to get heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Chris — or what will be left of it. 

Environment Canada updated its forecast for Chris Thursday afternoon, with a warning that heavy rain, strong winds,  significant waves and storm surges could hit coastal areas of the island on Thursday. 

Between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain is now forecast for the northeast Avalon Peninsula — which includes St. John's and several suburban towns — while about 30 to 40 mm are possible for the southeast Avalon. 

Chris is expected to be a post-tropical storm by the time it arrives Thursday. 

Right now, it's expected to pass well under Nova Scotia, then slowly weaken as it moves toward the Avalon Peninsula as a post-tropical storm late Thursday evening.

On Wednesday, ExxonMobil said will remove some workers for offshore oil platforms off Nova Scotia. 

Harsh winds

The strongest winds will likely be felt on the Avalon in the 80 km/h to 100 km/h range, said Environment Canada.

Gale-force winds are also expected to develop on the offshore in southern Newfoundland.

Environment Canada said that more details will become available as the storm's track and intensity becomes more certain. 

Hurricane Chris was off the coast of North Carolina as of Tuesday night. 

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