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Heavy rain hammers Newfoundland

A wet day at City Hall in Moncton, NB
A wet day at City Hall in Moncton, NB

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

September 10, 2010 — The system that's been soaking Atlantic Canada still has a bit more to give. How long will the rain last?

Heavy rain drenches parts of Newfoundland
Heavy rain drenches parts of Newfoundland

It's still officially summer, but you wouldn't know it in Atlantic Canada. The same cold front that swept through Ontario this week continued to push east bringing damp and dreary conditions with it.

And areas from Quebec right through to Newfoundland have been feeling it. On Wednesday, Sydney, Nova Scotia recorded 56.9 mm of rain, while Bathurst, New Brunswick saw 62.4 mm. The most impressive rainfall totals however come from Newfoundland.

A trough of low pressure brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the province on both Thursday and Friday. St. Lawrence saw nearly 100 mm of rain and St. John's saw closer to 40 mm.

Strong winds in the Wreckhouse area knock over campers and trailers
Strong winds in the Wreckhouse area knock over campers and trailers

Meanwhile, in Wreckhouse, it wasn't the rain that had people talking. Winds gusting up to 120 km/h hit the area. That was strong enough to knock over campers and a couple of tractor trailers.

So how long will the stormy conditions last?

“The rain will continue this evening through the overnight, but will begin to taper through the Maritimes tomorrow,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “The showers will continue through Newfoundland tomorrow and the low will begin to slowly move out come Sunday.”

This latest storm comes on the heels of Hurricane Earl, which stormed through the region last Saturday. The system left its mark by bringing over 50 mm of rain to Halifax and nearly 80 mm to Edmunston. Wind damage was also an issue as strong gusts downed trees and cut power to thousands of customers.

To stay updated on the weather in your area, head to our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

With files from Lacy Atalick

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