1989-Gabrielle

† (1 Canadian fatality)

Legend of sources

Hurricane Gabrielle developed into a category four hurricane after originating off the Cape Verde Islands on August 30, 1989. Gabrielle carried strong winds, reaching a maximum of 231 km/h (125 knots). Upon entering the CHC Response Zone on September 9th, Gabrielle was downgraded to a category one hurricane, with winds 138 km/h (75 knots). Gabrielle created very heavy seas off the coast of Nova Scotia, sending ships running for shelter,sweeping one man into the water, and costing him his life. Hurricane Gabrielle dissipated shortly after entering the Grand Banks on September 13th.

Rainfall image map of Hurricane Gabrielle, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 9, 1989, Hurricane Gabrielle stayed off the coast of the Maritimes and dissipated shortly after entering the Grand Banks on September 13, 1989. No significant rainfall over Canadian land areas
Rainfall image map of Hurricane Gabrielle, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 9, 1989, Hurricane Gabrielle stayed off the coast of the Maritimes and dissipated shortly after entering the Grand Banks on September 13, 1989. No significant rainfall over Canadian land areas

Post Tropical Storm Gabrielle started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone at position 1 outlined in green, with winds of 34 knots and occurred southeast of Newfoundland heading northeast. It tracked slowly northeast by position 2 outlined in yellow with winds of 34 knots. The storm began to move away from Newfoundland and out into the Atlantic by position 3 outlined in brown with winds of 48 knots southeast of storm centre. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 50 knots, with an mslp of 988 millibar
Post Tropical Storm Gabrielle started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone at position 1 outlined in green, with winds of 34 knots and occurred southeast of Newfoundland heading northeast. It tracked slowly northeast by position 2 outlined in yellow with winds of 34 knots. The storm began to move away from Newfoundland and out into the Atlantic by position 3 outlined in brown with winds of 48 knots southeast of storm centre. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 50 knots, with an mslp of 988 millibar

Nova Scotia

September 11, 1989

  • Two men walking along the shore at Gill Cove were sent into the water by a wave. One man was tossed ashore by the next wave and uninjured, however the other man was lost and drowned (HH)
  • Wave heights were reported to be at 12 m (40 ft), and very heavy swells were just offshore (HH)
  • The Shearwater wave-rider buoy was reporting swells of 7.3 m (24 ft) and it earlier reported a height of 9.2 m (30 ft) (HH)
  • Two-story high waves were crashing against the coast (HH)

Newfoundland

September 9, 1989

  • 20 ships (including 12 Portuguese) found shelter in St. John’s harbour as Hurricane Gabrielle tossed up seas (ET)