Forecasters are predicting powerful winds and heavy rains when the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo brush the eastern edge of Newfoundland.
The province’s Avalon region could be hardest-hit by the effects of the hurricane, which is expected to be downgraded to a post-tropical storm as it passes the island’s southeastern tip beginning early Sunday morning.
Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologist Bob Robichaud said there is a 30 per cent chance of the storm making landfall on the Avalon Peninsula, located in the island’s southeast.
“Right now the storm is still a Category 2, down from a 4 about a day and a half ago, and we expect it to be right around hurricane strength as it passes just off the coast or very near the coast of Newfoundland,” Robichaud told The Canadian Press Saturday.
While Gonzalo is not likely to make landfall in the province, forecasters say the rapidly moving system could cause flooding near the peninsula.
Storm surges are also a concern for residents along the southern coast.
“This storm is going to be generating some very, very high waves out in the open ocean,” Robichaud said, adding waves could reach as high as 10 metres.
Robichaud said the system could bring up to 50 millimetres of rain, with wind gusts up to 80 kilometres an hour in parts of the province.
The Hibernia offshore oil platform, located approximately 315 kilometres southeast of St. John’s, could also be hit with strong winds. However, production is not expected to be affected.
CTV’s Todd Battis said some residents in the path of the storm have begun stockpiling supplies and refuelling generators in preparation for a possible power outage.
Gonzalo pounded Bermuda as a category 2 storm on Friday, packing 175 kilometre-per-hour winds that knocked out electrical power. There were no reports of serious injuries caused by the storm.
With files from The Canadian Press