Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rip Currents, Heavy Rainfall Expected as Gert Glances Atlantic Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rip Currents, Heavy Rainfall Expected as Gert Glances Atlantic Canada

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Rip currents, rainfall expected from Gert

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HALIFAX - Environment Canada warned of rip currents, rapidly changing water levels and heavy rainfall in parts of Atlantic Canada as hurricane Gert glanced the region Thursday.

The national weather forecaster said while Gert would not have a direct impact on the Atlantic provinces, long-period swells of up to three metres were expected along the southern coast of Newfoundland Thursday evening, with the highest waves likely along the Avalon peninsula.

"With the combination of the higher waves and swells associated with Gert, it may result in some minor flooding," said meteorologist Linda Libby.

Dangerous rip currents were possible, Libby said, so residents were warned to be cautious while swimming.

"Obviously we want to keep everyone safe and secure here, so why take the risk if we're going to get these swells and enhanced waves occurring on the backside of Gert," said Libby. …

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