Canada Workers leave oil platforms off Nova Scotia ahead of Hurricane Chris

20:29  11 july  2018
20:29  11 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Hurricane to hit Canada? Tropical Storm Chris likely to intensify as it heads north

  Hurricane to hit Canada? Tropical Storm Chris likely to intensify as it heads north Tropical Storm Chris, sitting virtually still a couple hundred miles off the Carolinas, is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and resume its journey toward the northeast, according to the National Hurricane Center .It was no threat to the United States, but Canadian weather officials were monitoring Chris closely as its probable path takes it toward the vicinity of the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.Canada's official government weather agency, Environment Canada, began issuing tropical cyclone statements on Sunday.

HALIFAX -- ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada. The Category 2 storm, which was about 600 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Wednesday, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early

An offshore oil platform in the North Sea, where it has to withstand choppy weather Petrofac / Reuters. Hurricane Harvey’s current projected path is not a direct hit on the densest area of offshore platforms and refineries, but paths are always hard to predict.

a large ship in a body of water: ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada. © The Canadian Press ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada.

ExxonMobil says it has removed some of its workers from offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Chris advances toward Atlantic Canada.

The Category 2 storm, which was about 600 kilometres off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Wednesday, was expected to track south of Nova Scotia early Thursday before possibly making landfall in eastern Newfoundland later in the day.

ExxonMobil says an unspecified number of non-essential employees have been taken off the Sable Offshore Energy facilities, which are near Sable Island, about 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax.

Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland

  Tropical storm Chris reaches hurricane strength as it heads north toward Newfoundland Weather forecasters say tropical storm Chris has reached hurricane strength while moving away from the U.S. coast in the Atlantic.Chris, a tropical storm churning off the coast of the mid-Atlantic U.S. states, strengthened to become a hurricane on Tuesday and was not expected to make landfall over the U.S., the National Hurricane Center said.

Nova Scotia . As the largest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded bears down on the Caribbean, some Nova Scotians vacationing in the region are scrambling to pack their bags and head back home ahead . Resort workers cool under pressure.

The Seadrill West Aquarius drilling platform is shown in this undated handout photo. The oil and gas company submitted an application to the Canada- Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board in September 2017 to drill an exploration well approximately 330 kilometres off the coast of Leave this field blank.

BP Canada has also disconnected and moved the West Aquarius exploration drilling rig.

Environment Canada says the storm will steer clear of Nova Scotia and veer toward Newfoundland before it is downgraded to a post-tropical storm late Thursday.

a close up of a map: Hurricane Chris is expected into turn to a post-tropical storm by the time it reaches Newfoundland on Thursday. © Environment Canada Hurricane Chris is expected into turn to a post-tropical storm by the time it reaches Newfoundland on Thursday.

Chris is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the southeastern half of Newfoundland.

Ocean swells along the southern coast of Newfoundland are expected to reach eight metres in some areas, while the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia could also receive swells of up to four metres.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was supposed to visit Sable Island on Wednesday, but cancelled the trip due to the weather. McKenna is touring the East Coast to highlight the danger plastic pollution poses to ocean life. 

Tropical storm tracks towards Atlantic Canada .
Tropical storm tracks towards Atlantic CanadaThe national weather forecaster says the storm is currently off the coast of Carolina and is expected to begin moving northeast later today.

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