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Igor likely to go easy on province

Nova Scotia will get the waves, but likely not the weather from oncoming hurricane Igor.

Nova Scotia will get the waves, but likely not the weather from oncoming hurricane Igor.

Igor was building steam in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday with Category 4 winds of 240 km/h.

Chris Fogarty, with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth, said Igor is a borderline Category 5 storm — the highest level.

Since Igor is still at least a week away from the Maritimes, it’s hard to say what effect it will have on Atlantic Canada, Fogarty said.

“It looks like it will curve northward like Earl did, but I believe a northward curve in the track will occur sooner than Earl,” he said.

“I think the chance of this affecting us in the same track sense as Earl is less likely.”

But Newfoundland might get clipped by Igor, Fogarty added.

Surfers take note: Large swells preceding Igor will appear in Nova Scotia starting on Friday.

As of yesterday afternoon, Igor was located about 1,420 kilometres east of the Northern Leeward Islands and was moving west.

Right now Bermuda is keeping a close eye on the hurricane because computer models suggest it’s coming that way.

Also in the Atlantic, tropical storm Julia moved west yesterday, away from the southern Cape Verde Islands.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 65 km/h and Julia could become a hurricane within a few days.

We’re now in the mid-way point in the hurricane season, said Fogarty, where hurricanes are developing at their most fast and furious.

– With files from the Associated Press

 
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