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Tropical storm Henri headed for Avalon Peninsula


A tropical depression in the Atlantic has now been upgraded to a tropical storm named Henri and it's headed for the Avalon Peninsula.

Environment Canada has issued a tropical cyclone information statement for Henri which is about 385 km east-southeast of Bermuda and starting to move north towards Canadian waters.

Henri is forecast to track northward over the next two days and as a tropical storm. Environment Canada says this stage, it looks like this will be primarily a marine system moving south of Atlantic Canada. The closest approach to land will be the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. Henri may briefly make landfall on Saturday before racing east into the Atlantic.

It's too soon to predict wind speeds on land with the system. The weather office says that's likely not an issue if the track stays offshore. If it makes landfall, gales along parts of the coast are possible on Saturday.

It's also too soon to say how much rain the Avalon will get from the system. Environment Canada says southeast Newfoundland could receive significant rainfall amounts from the system if it tracks close to land. An unrelated front is expected to stall over New Brunswick on Friday, due in part to the presence of the tropical system and may give significant amounts to the Maritimes.

The weather office says storm surge should not be an issue. Rough surf could be experienced in southern Newfoundland, but should not be unusually high. The highest wave is expected to be near and south of the storm track, but will not be exceptionally high. Current guidance suggests maximum wave heights less than five metres.

Environment Canada is advising interests in eastern maritime waters and southern Newfoundland waters to keep an eye on the forecasts for updated predictions.

It says the system has the potential to bring gale to storm force winds offshore starting Friday night and extending into Saturday.The highest winds will be near and south of the storm track from the Laurentian Fan into the Grand Banks.

Gale warnings have been issued for the Laurentian Fan and will probably be extended into the Grand Banks of Newfoundland early on Friday. Storm warning may be required for the same areas.

In St. John's-metro on Saturday, the Environment Canada forecast is calling for rain and windy conditions and a high daytime temperature of 16 Celsius.

Environment Canada has issued a tropical cyclone information statement for Henri which is about 385 km east-southeast of Bermuda and starting to move north towards Canadian waters.

Henri is forecast to track northward over the next two days and as a tropical storm. Environment Canada says this stage, it looks like this will be primarily a marine system moving south of Atlantic Canada. The closest approach to land will be the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. Henri may briefly make landfall on Saturday before racing east into the Atlantic.

It's too soon to predict wind speeds on land with the system. The weather office says that's likely not an issue if the track stays offshore. If it makes landfall, gales along parts of the coast are possible on Saturday.

It's also too soon to say how much rain the Avalon will get from the system. Environment Canada says southeast Newfoundland could receive significant rainfall amounts from the system if it tracks close to land. An unrelated front is expected to stall over New Brunswick on Friday, due in part to the presence of the tropical system and may give significant amounts to the Maritimes.

The weather office says storm surge should not be an issue. Rough surf could be experienced in southern Newfoundland, but should not be unusually high. The highest wave is expected to be near and south of the storm track, but will not be exceptionally high. Current guidance suggests maximum wave heights less than five metres.

Environment Canada is advising interests in eastern maritime waters and southern Newfoundland waters to keep an eye on the forecasts for updated predictions.

It says the system has the potential to bring gale to storm force winds offshore starting Friday night and extending into Saturday.The highest winds will be near and south of the storm track from the Laurentian Fan into the Grand Banks.

Gale warnings have been issued for the Laurentian Fan and will probably be extended into the Grand Banks of Newfoundland early on Friday. Storm warning may be required for the same areas.

In St. John's-metro on Saturday, the Environment Canada forecast is calling for rain and windy conditions and a high daytime temperature of 16 Celsius.

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