Meteorologists are keeping an eye on the effects of Tropical Storm Philip, which could bring windy and wet weather to the Atlantic coast this weekend.
Philippe is not expected to significantly strengthen or develop into a hurricane, but Environment Canada warning and preparedness meteorologist Bob Robichaux said he is monitoring it closely.
“We’ll be watching to see what kind of wind and rain we get from Philippe, but at this point it just looks like a nice fall storm,” Robichaud said Wednesday morning.
“But again, we’re monitoring it closely.”
Robichaud said Philippe was “disrupted by the effects of the tropical storm.” He said the track could move eastward and the center of the storm could move into the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy areas.
It is expected to move northward and approach eastern Canada over the weekend.
“What we know at this point is that this will probably bring some strong winds and probably some rain,” Robichaud said.
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“If it stays in the Gulf of Maine, Bay of Fundy area, most of the heavy rain will be to the left of it… Heavy rain is possible, but it won’t last long.”
He said the worst of the storm will be felt Saturday night into early Sunday.
Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on another area of low pressure in the Great Lakes region, which Philip could influence and become even more dominant. But Robichaud said the system would likely impact Quebec and Ontario.
The meteorologist noted that the Atlantic hurricane season is “not over yet.”
“We tend to have some pretty big storms well into October, and even early November, so it’s important to keep an eye on these things until the end of the season,” he says.
“In mid-November, we typically see a significant reduction in the threat of tropical storms here.
“So we still have to keep an eye on it because it’s still hurricane season.”
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