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Tropical Storm Phillipe expected to reach Atlantic Canada this weekend

By Joe Thomson Oct 4, 2023 | 12:04 PM

Courtesy of Environment Canada.

Just a few weeks after Post-Tropical Storm Lee thrashed the Maritimes, another significant storm appears to be on its way.

Environment Canada says Tropical-Storm Phillipe is sitting about 2700 kilometres south of Halifax right now and is expected to continue moving north over the next few days. Meteorologist Ian Hubbard says It should reach our response zone early Saturday morning.

“At that point, it’ll still be quite south of Nova Scotia, but starting to increase its forward speed. And from there during the day Saturday and into Sunday night, the current track takes it just west of Nova Scotia, up towards the Bay of Fundy and the Maine/New Brunswick border,” said Hubbard.

Phillipe is expected to bring rain with it most of Western and Central Nova Scotia, along with most of New Brunswick. As far as wind goes, Hubbard says it’s too early to tell how strong they will be, but we can expect some significant gusts in parts of both provinces.

Earlier this year experts said it should be a busy hurricane season, and so far, they’ve been right. Hurricane season last from June 1 to November 30, and over that time frame the average amount of named storms that happen is about 14. Phillipe is already the 17th named storm this season, with a little under two more months to go.

As with any storm, Hubbard says people should continue to monitor the forecast and start preparing for the weekend.