After spilling large quantities of water and blowing strong gusts, Hurricane Isaias will make its way to eastern Canada. Quebec would not be entirely spared …
Isaias, currently a Category One hurricane, continues to advance eastward in the United States. Florida is on the alert right now, with numerous hurricane warnings in effect as of this writing.
For the moment, citizens in the most at-risk areas are ready to evacuate, but no such order has yet been given.
Heavy rains are therefore expected along the east coast of Florida, in addition to violent gusts. Isaias could cause flooding and coastal overflows with waves of two to four meters.
For the moment, the hurricane would not make landfall, and would rather follow the banks to the east of the continent. This will allow him to retain his strength for longer (unlike what would have happened if he had made landfall in Florida, for example, where he would have lost energy rapidly).
The imminent arrival of the intense disturbance is also making people happy. Kite-driven windsurfers took advantage of the strong winds to practice their favorite sport on a closed Florida beach.
It would weaken from Monday, before continuing its course towards eastern Canada. The states of Georgia, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and the Carolinas will also be hit by Isaias earlier this week.
And in Quebec?
For now, it is the Maritimes that would harvest most of the remains of this disturbance. It will reach our latitudes as a post-tropical storm.
Quebec will not be completely spared.
According to current forecasts, the Gaspé tip and part of the Lower North Shore are in the sights of Isaias. However, the possible impacts here will not compare with what our neighbors to the south have achieved. Heavy rains are nevertheless expected: up to 50 millimeters of water could fall in places.
However, the hurricane’s exact trajectory is likely to change over the next few days, and the impacts on Belle Province would be modified.
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