The storm “Mary” becomes a hurricane en route to Newfoundland

16 September 2011

The tropical storm “Maria” became a hurricane on its way to the southeast of Newfoundland, for North Atlantic waters, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour, reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC) U.S.

In its bulletin from 09.00 GMT, the NHC said “Mary” was 800 kilometers southwest of Cape Race (Newfoundland) and moves very quickly in a northeasterly direction with a speed of 72 kilometers per hour.

It is expected that the center of “Mary”, which will begin to weaken tonight, will “this morning on or near southeastern Newfoundland” and then turn north-northeast.

Heavy rains are expected in the southeast of Newfoundland and dangerous surf and coastal flooding in the east where it is expected that “Mary” landfall.

Is a hurricane force (over 36 hours system) to Newfoundland from Arnolds Creek to the south of Brigus, and a storm warning from the Stones Creek to Arnolds and south of Brigus to Charlottetown .

In this season of hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, which began June 1 and ends on November 30, have trained 14 tropical storms and three hurricanes, “Katia”, “Irene” and “Mary”.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, for its acronym in English) updated earlier this month its forecast and predicted that throughout the season formed between 14 and 19 storms, of which 7 to 10 can become hurricane.

Of these, between 3 and 5 could be major hurricanes with winds above 178 kilometers per hour.