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Hurricane Jose could bring wind, rain and 3 metre swells to Nova Scotia

This image made available by the NOAA-NASA GOES Project shows tropical weather systems Hurricane Norma, left, on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico; Jose, center, east of Florida; Tropical Depression 15, second from right, north of South America, and Tropical Storm Lee, right, north of eastern Brazil, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 2:45 p.m. EDT.
This image made available by the NOAA-NASA GOES Project shows tropical weather systems Hurricane Norma, left, on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico; Jose, center, east of Florida; Tropical Depression 15, second from right, north of South America, and Tropical Storm Lee, right, north of eastern Brazil, on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 2:45 p.m. EDT. NOAA-NASA GOES Project

Hurricane Jose’s slow crawl northwards means Nova Scotia will be shrouded with cloudy skies this week as rough surf pounds the Atlantic coast.

Environment Canada says the slow-moving weather system is churning about 400 kilometres southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., packing maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h as it heads north at about 15 km/h.

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Anthony Farnell, Chief Meteorologist for Global News, says that the centre of the weakening storm will stay well south of the Maritimes.

However, Farnell says he expects some showers to hit Nova Scotia on Tuesday with the possibility of heavy showers on Wednesday.

 

A satellite photo of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose as they passed over the Caribbean and Florida on Sept. 9, 2017. NASA Worldview

“Total rain amounts will be 10-30 mm mostly across southern Nova Scotia,” he said.

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“The south coast will also see wind gusts to 50km/h which is nothing more than a stiff breeze.”

Nova Scotians should also expect one to two-metre swells along the coast though three-metre swells are predicted to arrive in the southwestern portion of the province later in the week.

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The development of Jose into a hurricane marked the first time in seven years that three hurricanes have developed in the Atlantic Basin at the same time.

In this geocolor image GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. EDT, shows the eye Hurricane Irma, center, just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. (NOAA-NASA via AP)

The last time there were three active hurricanes in the Atlantic was in 2010, CNN reported.

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Back then, Hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl — which share the same first letters as Irma, Jose and Katia — developed on a similar trajectory.

— With files from Jessica Vomiero and The Canadian Press

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