Friday, September 16, 2011

Hurricane Maria to drench eastern Newfoundland: Canada

Hurricane Maria is bringing heavy rain and high winds to southeastern Newfoundland, as the storm continues to churn northward.

The Category 1 hurricane had already prompted school closures and airport cancellations as it moved toward Nova Scotia's Sable Island, and was expected to become more powerful throughout the day.

"There is the possibility of some trees being blown down, large branches and the inevitable utility lines coming down. If the storm tracks exactly as we predict right now, [Newfoundland] certainly can expect some damaging winds," said Chris Fogarty, program supervisor for the Canadian Hurricane Centre.

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador meteorologist Ryan Snoddon said winds had already picked up before 9 a.m.

"Argentia is reporting wind gusts of up to 70 km/h as are Bonavista and St. John's. These are the areas where we are eventually expecting to see gusts well over 100 km/h. Heavy rainfall is expected to develop later," said Snoddon. more