Tropical Storm Upgrades To Hurricane, Won't Make Landfall In Nova Scotia

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:17 AM

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says Tropical Storm Chris reached Hurricane Status last night around supper time and continues to track toward Atlantic Canada.

But there's some good news for Nova Scotians, according to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Ian Hubbard.

"The track of it is still going to come up to toward Atlantic Canada but the track itself is going to be south of Sable Island, so for the most part Nova Scotia isn't going to see very much in the way of weather from this," he says.

Hubbard notes there may be a few showers or rain for Cape Breton tomorrow, along with some swell and ocean waves along the coastline but other than that, Nova Scotia shouldn't see too much impact from Hurricane Chris.

Although Hurricane Chris won't make landfall in Nova Scotia, it does have some battening down the hatches.

The Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) says some personnel at the Sable Offshore Energy Facilities are being removed due to the forecast and sea conditions.

That includes employees at both the ExxonMobil sites.

As a precaution BP Canada has also disconnected and moved the West Aquarius drilling unit from their exploratory well location.

CNSOPB says operators continue to monitor the weather and sea state conditions and will implement precautionary measures as required.

Story by Craig Power and Brittany Wentzell

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