Hurricane Arthur set to dump rain on Atlantic Canada

A man stands underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to photograph a summer storm bearing down on New York...

A man stands underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to photograph a summer storm bearing down on New York July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:45 PM ET

Hurricane Arthur will gain strength overnight Thursday, but is expected to lose its hurricane status by the time it hits Atlantic Canada this weekend.

The storm will resemble a "strong nor'easter" by Saturday, Chris Fogarty, manager of the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC), told QMI Agency.

"It could very well be a damaging weather event with the extreme rain and high winds," Fogarty said.

He said 150 mm of rain is possible within a 12-hour period and wind gusts could reach 100 km/h.

Southern New Brunswick is at the greatest risk of the storm's impact, and Nova Scotia could experience ocean swells, waves, storm serge and high winds, he said.

Fogarty cautioned that there's still a degree of uncertainty in predicting the storm, and the CHC will know more about what will hit Atlantic Canada by Friday - roughly 24 hours before it's supposed to arrive.

There's currently a storm watch in place, but it could be upgraded to a warning if warranted.

The storm has forced the cancellation of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, held annually in Canso, N.S.

"It's a horrible decision to have to make after so much work by so many people, but we just aren't prepared to take the risks," the festival's artistic director Troy Greencorn said on Facebook.

This type of weather isn't unfamiliar for the area, he said, but not this early in the summer. Typical hurricane and storm season in August, September and October.

Arthur could reach Category 2 strength overnight as it heads towards North Carolina, Fogarty said. The hurricane is only expected to graze the coast, but may still cause a lot of damage because it's moving quite slowly, he added.

 


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