After brushing past the Northeast, Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Atlantic Canada late Saturday or Saturday night, just about two weeks after the storm sprung to life in the Caribbean.
Dorian made landfall along the North Carolina coast on Friday morning but is accelerating northeastward over the waters just off the coast of the eastern U.S.
The hurricane grazed southeastern New England late Friday into Friday night, bringing gusty winds and a period of steady rainfall. Localized tree damage was reported in eastern Massachusetts on Saturday morning. Weather conditions will gradually improve across coastal New England throughout Saturday.
While the Northeast was spared a direct hit, that will not be the case in Atlantic Canada. Dorian is forecast to make landfall in Nova Scotia and/or Newfoundland late Saturday afternoon or Saturday night. A hurricane warning is in effect for part of these areas.
“Dorian is expected to transition into a non-tropical storm as it approaches then passes just east of Nova Scotia later Saturday and Saturday night,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.
While there is the potential for Dorian to lose some tropical characteristics as it accelerates northeastward and begins to merge with a non-tropical storm, impacts are likely to be similar to a hurricane or compact, powerful nor’easter in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, Canada.
An eight- to 12-hour period of torrential rain with damaging winds are likely to occur as Dorian approaches and passes over the region.
An abrupt end to the rain is likely once the center passes by with the storm moving along in the neighborhood of 65 km/h (40 mph).
Sporadic power outages and flash flooding are likely.
Waves will batter areas from the southeastern shoreline of Nova Scotia first on Saturday then spread across the Gulf of St. Lawrence Saturday night and on to the coast of Newfoundland during Sunday morning.