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Maritimes Bracing for Irene’s Formidable Leftovers

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Northeastern Canada was bracing for a weaker, though no less soggy, smackdown from Irene on August 28 as projections for the storm’s path put it on a beeline for the Maritimes, which is Mi'kmaq territory.

Though it would no longer be a category 1 hurricane as it was when it swept past the Carolinas and smashed into Virginia, the storm was expected to bombard northwestern New Brunswick and eastern Quebec townships from Sunday into Monday, the Canadian Press reported.

Peter Boyer, a forecaster with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax, told the Canadian Press that winds in the coastal Maritimes could reach hurricane force level of up to 74 miles per hour, with a storm-surge threat along the Bay of Fundy.

Perigean tides related to the new moon will be higher than normal, which put coastal New Brunswick and Novia Scotia in danger of tide surges, hurricane center forecaster Chris Fogarty told CBC News. Waves could reach as high as 16 feet in the Bay of Fundy, Fogarty said. The Gulf of St. Lawrence and the entrance to the St. Lawrence River might also be hit. Preparations were under way, the Canadian Press said in a separate report.

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Late Saturday Irene was just barreling down on New York City and environs as a category 1 hurricane packing 80-mile-per-hour winds, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.