Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hurricane Kyle Heads for Landfall East of Maine
Nova Scotia Landfall Expected This Evening

5 pm Update: Hurricane Kyle is now a minimal hurricane with winds up to 75 mph as it approaches landfall on the coast of Nova Scotia within the next 6 hours. The storm is moving north northeast from a position 140 miles south southwest of the southern tip of Nova Scotia.

Kyle is in the process of losing its tropical characteristics. The Hurricane Warning for southwestern Nova Scotia remains in effect.

2 pm Update: Hurricane Kyle remains a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 80 mph. It continues to move north northeast toward Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
  • The Hurricane Watch for Maine is discontinued
  • The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect from Stonington to Eastport
  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued for portions of southwestern Nova Scotia
  • The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for southern New Brunswick and the remainder of southwestern Nova Scotia

Original post:
Hurricane Kyle strengthened slightly overnight to maximum winds of 80 mph. Its track has shifted toward the north northeast at 24 mph, heading toward a landfall on the Nova Scotia and/or New Brunswick coasts. The cold waters of the Gulf of Maine will rob the storm of some of its strength before landfall, and it will be transitioning to a non-tropical cyclone.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are likely with some totals over 6 inches possible over extreme eastern New England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Radar estimates this morning showed rainfall totals as high as 20 inches over the Atlantic east of Nantucket.

Images: Kyle satellite image from SSD/NOAA, Kyle forecast track from National Hurricane Center

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