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Hurricane Erin began on September 1, 2001 west of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin developed into a category three hurricane and created winds as high as 194 km/h (105 knots). Upon entering the CHC Response Zone on September 10, Erin was a category two hurricane and brought winds up to 166 km/h (90 knots). Erin left the CHC Response Zone on September 16, and diminished on September 17. Erin caused delays in the ferry between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Canadian plans to fly a research aircraft into the eye of Erin on September 11 were cancelled when all air traffic was grounded due to terrorist attacks on the United States. The CHC issued 32 Hurricane Information Statements.
Rainfall image map of Hurricane Erin, which entered the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 10, 2001, staying off the coast to the east of the Maritime Provinces. Erin left the Canadian Hurricane Centre Response Zone on September 16, 2001, and diminished on September 17, 2001. Maximum provincial rainfalls: 131 millimetres in Newfoundland
Some CHC meteorological data:
- Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 130 km/h with significant wave heights of 9.3 m.
- The strongest recorded wind ahead of Erin was an easterly gust of 96 km/h at Cape Race. Behind the storm, over coastal areas, maximum gusts reached 107 km/h at Cape Race and Bonavista.
- The maximum recorded wave height (Nickerson buoy, 44251) was 14.4 m.
- Heavy rainfalls were also reported over portions of Newfoundland. Sagona Island, along the south coast, recorded 131 mm.
Hurricane Erin started tracking in the Canadian Hurricane Centre response zone southeast of Nova Scotia with winds of 64 knots southeast of storm centre. It tracked northeast and turned more north-northeast around the Avalon Peninsula with winds of 64 knots east of storm centre and out into the Atlantic. As it tracked through Atlantic Canada the storm reached a maximum wind speed of 58 knots, with an mslp of 987 millibar
September 16, 2001
- High winds and rough seas forced Marine Atlantic to cancel its ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Argentia, Newfoundland (HH)
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