Crews work to restore power and clear debris left in Dorian's wake

A toppled building crane is draped over a new construction project in Halifax on Sept. 8 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Andrew Vaughan

A toppled building crane is draped over a new construction project in Halifax on Sept. 8 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS Andrew Vaughan

Hurricane season officially peaks on September 10, and three tropical disturbances are being monitored by the National Hurricane Center. The point here is that both reliable long rang forecasting models, the EURO and GFS, are in agreement, and have been for several days now, that a big storm will develop by mid next week.

As cleanup efforts continue in the Carolinas after Hurricane Dorian, forecasters are tracking three more systems in the Atlantic. It is expected to move west-northwestward.

The National Hurricane Center said Monday it expects "little to no development" over the next two days.

In New Brunswick, about 80,000 homes and businesses - 20 per cent of NB Power's customers - were left in the dark at the height of the storm.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle, which formed last week in the eastern Atlantic, never posed a threat to the United States and was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone late Tuesday morning as it continued to weaken.

After weekend ferry closures, Marine Atlantic is keeping an eye on the weather forecast in hopes of getting its crossings between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia back on track.

It is a weak area of low pressure, associated with a tropical wave and is producing disorganised showers and thunderstorms.

Thus, the hurricane center has lowered its odds of development down to 50% over the next 5 days but we will still need to monitor this wave because it is projected to remain on a path straight across the Atlantic and could enter the Caribbean over the next 6-8 days.

Hurricane season runs through November 30, with some notable storms having occurred in October. Barry came ashore in Louisiana on July 13 as a Category 1 hurricane.

Regardless, experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are forecasting a near-to-above average hurricane season still.

On Sunday, N-S Power C-E-O Karen Hutt called the situation a "worst case scenario".

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