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Gert declared a hurricane, but not a big threat to Atlantic Canada

Hurricane Gert
Hurricane Gert

Gert has strengthened to hurricane strength, says Environment Canada, but is expected to pass well southeast of Newfoundland Thursday as a strong post-tropical storm with no direct impacts to Canadian land areas.

Environment Canada says the the latest track for Gert has it clipping the extreme southern Grand Banks Thursday as a transitioning storm at hurricane strength, Environment Canada said in a tropical cyclone statement.

Storm to hurricane-force winds are likely over southern portions of the Grand Banks Thursday.
As of early this morning (Tuesday), Gert was about 725 kilometres west of Bermuda.
Any significant winds from Gert are expected to remain well offshore.
No direct rainfall impacts are expected over Atlantic Canada from Gert, but some tropical moisture could feed into an existing non-tropical weather system over the region later Wednesday or Thursday, Environment Canada said.
Longer period swells from Gert will reach south-facing coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later Wednesday and into Thursday. These waves could reach two metres along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia and two to three metres along south-facing coastlines of Newfoundland.Gert has strengthened to hurricane strength, says Environment Canada, but is expected to pass well southeast of Newfoundland Thursday as a strong post-tropical storm with no direct impacts to Canadian land areas.

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