Tropical Storm Watch issued for much of New Brunswick

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A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for central and eastern New Brunswick ahead of Hurricane Fiona's arrival in Atlantic Canada Friday night.

Environment Canada says tropical storm force winds of 60 km/h gusting to 90 km/h over exposed areas may occur in regions east of and including Campbellton and Restigouche County south to Sussex - Kennebecasis Valley and Kings County, as well as Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County.

Forecasters say a Tropical Storm Watch means sustained winds near 65 km/h or more are possible over parts of the region with 36 hours.

The weather agency says the watch will be upgraded to a warning tonight for most regions, which will include specific wind speeds.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organizations says storms surges on the province's eastern shore; rough surf, elevated water levels and very large waves on the eastern coast Saturday; winds of up to 100 km/h along the southern and eastern coasts; winds of more than 120 km/h over the southeastern coast; and more than 50 mm of rain in the extreme southeast are possible.

Edmundston and Madawaska County, Grand Falls and Victoria County, Woodstock and Carleton County, Fredericton and Southern York County, and St. Stephen and Northern Charlotte County are not under a Tropical Storm Watch.