Hurricane Larry is nearing its descent toward the east coast of Newfoundland, with a meteorologist saying the track as of Friday morning was looking consistent for a Category 1 storm that will hit parts of the island late tonight.
A fast-moving storm, Larry is now expected to drop less rainfall than had been considered possible in earlier forecasts.
Rob Carroll, who works for Environment Canada’s weather office in Gander, said Larry’s peak will just be a few hours starting around midnight NT to about 5 a.m. Saturday, with wind gusts reaching 110 km/h, but nearing 140 km/h along parts of the coast.
This period of time will also bring with it the heaviest rainfall, but Carroll said it should blow by quickly.
“We could see some heavy rainfall for two, three, four hours there late this evening and overnight, maybe even a few thundershowers as well,” he said.
Carroll told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show the hurricane will move through the eastern side of Placentia Bay and western portion of the Avalon Peninsula, heading north through the Trinity Bay area overnight.
Environment Canada has the entire Avalon Peninsula — which includes the metro St. John’s area — under a hurricane warning.
“It is starting to accelerate north eastward and heading directly for us,” Carroll said Friday morning. “Most of the action will be tonight.”
20 to 30 mm rainfall expected
Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for some areas west of the Avalon Peninsula, Carroll said, including Clarenville and the Burin Peninsula.
Carroll said rainfall totals should amount to 20 to 30 millimetres.
Storm surge warnings are also issued for south-facing coastal communities, with the potential for coastal flooding, high water levels and 10- to 14-metre waves, he said.
On Thursday, government officials and the Canadian Red Cross insisted people prepare themselves and their homes for the imminent storm.
Karen Roache, who lives in St. John’s near Quidi Vidi Lake, heeded the advice and was busy around her property Thursday afternoon, trimming branches, securing fences and chairs and making sure her kayak was tightly packed away on her patio.
“It’s best to be prepared,” Roache told CBC News.
“I’m concerned about the trees. We’ve got a lot of really tall maples in the back. So we’re worried with the leaves on them they’re going to be really top-heavy. I’m hoping there’s not too much damage.”