Hurricane centre keeping eye on Leslie

Dave Stewart
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The Canadian Hurricane Centre is particularly concerned about Tropical Storm Leslie, which is churning in the Atlantic ocean.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says it's far too early to predict where tropical storm Leslie will strike in the Maritimes.

At this point, they won't even go so far to say that it will impact the Maritimes at all.

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That news comes today and is in stark contrast to reports on social media sites that purport Leslie could hit Nova Scotia as a category 1 on Monday.

Chris Fogarty, manager of the hurricane centre, says Leslie is stalled at the moment and is expected to move very slowly and intensify gradually over the next several days.

Computer models are predicting Leslie to travel a mere 500 kilometres in four days which basically is comparable to a person's average walking speed.

Leslie could eventually push through the large Bermuda high and accelerate toward eastern Canada with a range of track scenarios from Maine to offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The middle of these track forecasts is over Newfoundland and Labrador, but even that average will likely shift by hundreds of kilometres over time with each new run of simulations.

Fogarty says even if Leslie makes it to the Maritimes it won't hit until Sunday or Monday. It should be noted the rain in the forecast for this week is not associated in any way with Leslie.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre will continue to keep an eye on Leslie and provide ongoing bulletins.

 

On the Web: www.hurricanes.ca

The Guardian will continue to follow this story throughout the week. Stay with us for updates on Leslie as it gets closer to our region

 

 

Organizations: Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Bermuda Eastern Canada Maine

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