Publication Date October 12, 2016

Hurricane Nicole strengthens to Cat. 3, could impact Canada


"Swells from Nicole are affecting the coastline of Atlantic Canada and will continue through the remainder of the weekend," the National Hurricane Center said late Saturday. "These swells will create dangerous surf conditions and rip currents."

Environment Canada had issued its own tropical cyclone statement for the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, but it was dropped altogether Saturday.

Ocean swells of 1 to 2 m can be expected along the south-facing coastlines of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland over the next couple of days, while gale-force winds are forecast over Laurentian Fan and the southern Grand Banks this weekend.


The storm formed more than a week ago on October 4. Two days later, with strong wind shear conditions in the area it developed into a Category 1 hurricane, soon after strengthening to a Category 2.