Tropical storm Gabrielle forecast to deliver Nova Scotia a major soaking

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By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - The manager and senior meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre says Nova Scotia’s in for a soaking on Friday, thanks to tropical storm Gabrielle – but the details are still up in the air.

A wind-speed chart for tropical storm Gabrielle.

“The main thing will be a rainfall threat from this,” said Chris Fogarty on Wednesday. “Where that axis of heaviest rain ends up lying will be something we’ll get a better idea of (Thursday.)”

The seventh named storm of the hurricane season is expected to meet up with a front moving in from New Brunswick, and will begin impacting the Maritimes late Thursday night.

Fogarty said it’s a middle- to lower-end scale storm, but the potential rainfall shouldn’t be dismissed.

“When we get these fronts merging with the post-tropical remnants, you can really get some serious rain out of that,” he said. “So we want to make sure people are at least aware of that potential.”

The first hurricane of the season has formed in the tropics, but Fogarty said Humberto won’t have an impact on the Maritimes.

It’s only about the seventh or eighth time in the last 150 years that the first hurricane has formed so late in the season.

“The water’s amply warm, but there was a lot of dry air in the tropics that came from Africa,” said Fogarty. “Like baking a cake, if you’re missing one ingredient, it’s not going to work.”

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Africa

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