The rain from Tropical Storm Chris has already started on the south coast of Newfoundland.
The weather system, expected to bring heavy rain, high winds and pounding surf to the eastern region of the province today, July 12, is accelerating northeastward towards the island, according to the latest forecast from Environment Canada.
As of 8 a.m. this morning, Chris was located approximately 585 kilometres southwest of Cape Race with maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h and moving at 59 km/h.
Environment Canada says the system, which should track near the southern Avalon Peninsula this evening as a post-tropical storm, is weakening. Chris had reached hurricane status in the mid-Atlantic for a period.
Wind warnings are in effect for the southeastern half of the Avalon Peninsula, which could see southerly wind gusts up to 100 km/h Thursday evening. Strong and gusty easterly winds are likely to the north and west of the track ahead of Chris but should remain below warning criteria.
Rainfall warnings are in effect for most of southeastern Newfoundland with 80 millimetres anticipated. The rain should taper off rapidly tonight as the storm hustles away into the North Atlantic.
Chris will make for an angry ocean with high waves, pounding surf and storm surge a concern for southern parts of the island tonight, particularly during high tide.
Swells of six to eight metres may occur over the southern Avalon Peninsula, closest to where the system hits land. Other coastlines facing southwards could see swells around three to five metres tonight.
Environment Canada has a special weather statement in effect for the southern Avalon Peninsula and the south facing half of the Burin Peninsula.
For Newfoundland waters, storm and gale warnings are in effect near and adjacent to the storm’s track with 10-metre high waves a possibility.
Environment Canada’s public weather alerts for Newfoundland and Labrador is available at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=nl.