The Canadian Hurricane Centre says tropical depression Claudette, which has hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast with heavy rain as a tropical storm, may regain tropical storm strength Monday before tracking towards the Maritimes.
“No major impacts are expected in Canada at this time but rain and gusty winds are possible,” the centre said in a tweet.
The impact would be felt starting early Tuesday in some areas.
The track forecast shows Claudette with winds of 85 km/h as it moves south of Nova Scotia at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to an Environment Canada tropical cyclone statement, the system is expected to track south of Nova Scotia and “any remaining winds will be well offshore.” There is also the possibility the low could weaken to a basic trough of low pressure by Tuesday.
“Regardless, Nova Scotia and then Newfoundland may see some heavy downpours on Tuesday and Tuesday night while gale-force winds would likely occur over southern Canadian waters,” the statement reads.
Forecasters said Claudette could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 cm) of rain in the region, with isolated accumulations of 15 inches (38 cm) possible.
More than 20,000 power outages were reported, and there has been flooding and possible tornado damage.