Updated: Next storm, Bertha, could bring rains to Nova Scotia

Tropical storm information statement issued

Greg Bennett gbennett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on August 2, 2014
Bertha is expected to remain far off shore while passing Nova Scotia by mid week.

After the lashing we took from the first named storm of the season, Nova Scotians were warily eying the second named storm, Bertha churning far to our south.

According to forecasters, this storm should not impact us head on, but we still could feels its effects with some heavy rain.

The storm was expected to remain a tropical storm for most of its life, and remain far off shore while passing by Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, briefly turning into a hurricane before weakening again.

Environment Canada issued a tropical storm information statement that heavy rain is possible Wednesday to Thursday from eastern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Tropical storm Bertha will will at least be an issue for Canadian offshore waters in the Wednesday to Thursday timeframe. As of Monday morning the chance that the system will bring rain to Newfoundland is increasing. Also there is an increasing chance that the system could bring winds to Eastern Newfoundland. Nova Scotia may only see waves along the Atlantic coast. There is still a chance of rain from the northern edge of the storm to reach Cape Breton. 

Generally-speaking, offshore-tracking tropical storms often send waves to the coasts of southern Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and if they track not too-far offshore, land areas can be hit with heavy rains.