[RAC-Bulletin] Update on Tropical Storm Chris: Possible threat to the Maritimes and Newfoundland


For immediate release:  Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tropical Storm Chris is currently meandering off the Carolinas, but has a track for a direct hit on the Maritimes and Newfoundland for late Wednesday for the Maritimes and early Friday for Newfoundland. I will monitor its progress during the coming week and provide updates.

Environment Canada issued a Tropical Cyclone Information Statement this morning and it is provided below.

Operators are advised to prepare their homes for high winds and rain, and when able to monitor local repeaters, the IARU Center of Activity Frequencies and the Hurricane Watch Net to provide local information.

Stay tuned to the RAC website and to our social media sites for more information.

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Doug Mercer, VO1DM CEC
RAC Vice-President and Community Services Officer
Emergency Coordinator IARU Region 2


Environment Canada Tropical Cyclone Information Statement:


8:01 AM ADT Sunday 08 July 2018

Tropical cyclone information statement for:

New Brunswick:

·         Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island:

·         Kings County PEI

·         Queens County PEI

Tropical Storm Chris has formed off the Carolina coast this morning. Over the next few days this storm is expected to remain somewhat stationary and become better organized. By Tuesday it is forecast to move in a northeastward direction gaining strength as it does so. By late Tuesday or early Wednesday this storm could attain hurricane status. At this time it appears this storm could approach Nova Scotia by Thursday, likely weakening slightly as it does so.

It has to be noted that there is a good deal of uncertainty at this time in the forecast track and intensity of this system. The Canadian Hurricane Centre has been closely monitoring this developing storm for a few days and will continue to do so. If the current forecast track remains as is, it is likely that regularly issued bulletins will begin on this system early Tuesday morning.

Please continue to monitor alerts issued by the Canadian Hurricane Centre and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Additional links:

Emergency Center of Activity Frequencies

Canadian Hurricane Centre

Hurricane Watch Net


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director