HALIFAX — Gabrielle weakened to a tropical depression today but Environment Canada says the slight change in its intensity isn’t expected to alter the amount of rain that will drop on Nova Scotia and P.E.I.
The storm is expected to dump up to 70 millimetres of rain in parts of the Maritimes before moving on to Newfoundland on Saturday morning.
The storm was south of the Maritimes early today.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says gusts could hit 70 kilometres per hour on the eastern mainland of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton later today, with winds reaching higher gusts forecast for Newfoundland on Saturday.
Rainfall warnings were in effect for parts of central and northeastern Nova Scotia, Queens and Kings counties in Prince Edward Island, and the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.
Forecasters say rain will begin falling in southern parts of Newfoundland late today and amounts could exceed the range of 30 to 40 millimetres through Saturday.
The strongest winds are expected along western Cape Breton, where winds are expected to peak at 90 km/h.