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Boil water order in Saint John, NB


Rainfall totals expected through Thursday
Rainfall totals expected through Thursday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 7, 2010 — About 45,000 people in Saint John were hit with a boil water order on Thursday morning. Recent heavy rain has caused the city's water to become cloudy.

A boil water order has been issued in Saint John, New Brunswick
A boil water order has been issued in Saint John, New Brunswick

Another round of wet, windy weather is hitting the Maritimes and Newfoundland today. In some cases, it has already led to problems.

About 45,000 people in Saint John have been hit with a boil water order. Recent heavy rain has caused turbidity levels in the city's water to go up. Residents are being asked to boil their water before drinking, brushing their teeth or washing food items.

This latest round of rain is thanks to the same upper level low that brought on and off showers to Ontario and Quebec throughout much of the week. It has the potential to pack a punch in Atlantic Canada today, with very heavy rain and damaging winds.

“We're looking at the potential for wind gusts up to 80 km/h on Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas, and up to 100 km/h in the Wreckhouse area,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

As for the rain, some communities could get drenched with upwards of 30 mm.

“New Brunswick and Nova Scotia will see the heaviest amounts of rain. We're calling for lesser amounts in PEI and Newfoundland,” explains Cheng.

It will be a day of puddle jumping in some places
It will be a day of puddle jumping in some places

It's been more than two weeks since Hurricane Igor tore across Newfoundland, but in many cases, the clean-up is still under way. Between that storm and Earl, 2010 has been an active hurricane season in Atlantic Canada.

The good news is that conditions in the east will begin to improve this evening.

“The system will move out, but we will still be experiencing windy conditions behind it on Friday,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “The weekend will be much drier, but it will still be cool and windy.”

To stay up-to-date on your local forecast details, click our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Jill Colton

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