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Gert glances Atlantic Canada, weather statements in effect

Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 8:24 am ADT

Hurricane Gert's projected track as of 3:00 a.m. Thursday August 17, 2017. (Canadian Hurricane Centre)

HALIFAX – A special weather statement remains in effect for the southern and western shores of Nova Scotia as of Thursday morning.

Hurricane Gert passed hundreds of kilometres south of Nova Scotia and the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said the Category 2 storm was starting to weaken as it raced towards colder waters.

Environment Canada says although the system won’t have a direct impact on our province, long-period swells are expected with waves reaching 2-3 metres, and up to 4 metres in along the Guysborough County and Cape Breton coasts this afternoon and evening.

It says dangerous rip currents are possible, so residents should be cautious while swimming.

A tropical cyclone information statement is in effect for most of Newfoundland,.

The national weather forecaster says some moisture from the storm will feed into an approaching non-tropical weather system near eastern Newfoundland, bringing up to 50 millimetres of rain to some areas of that province and up to 100 millimetres in the Northern Peninsula.

Gert may also cause a series of rapid changes in water levels in harbours and inlets in eastern Newfoundland for a few hours late Thursday afternoon or evening.

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