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Blustery, wet days ahead in eastern Canada

Get ready for heavy amounts of rain and strong winds
Get ready for heavy amounts of rain and strong winds

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 15, 2011 — Heavy rain and strong winds are blasting parts of eastern Canada this weekend.

More rain expected through Monday
More rain expected through Monday

Hold on to your hat, and your umbrella too! It's going to be a soggy and gusty couple of days in eastern Canada.

“We have a big area of low pressure that's going to keep conditions unsettled from Ontario to Newfoundland this weekend,” said Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Winds gusted to more than 60 km/h in parts of southern Ontario Saturday morning and became even stronger later in the day. A gust of 93 km/h was recorded at Point Petre on Lake Ontario.

Diar Hassan, another meteorologist at The Weather Network, urged people to take care when venturing outside.

“These winds have the potential to bring down trees or hydro poles in some ... areas,” he said.

A tree was blown onto a house in downtown Toronto Saturday evening, cutting off power to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Winds toppled a tree in downtown Toronto Saturday
Winds toppled a tree in downtown Toronto Saturday

Rain has been falling off and on across the east since Wednesday. Yarmouth, Nova Scotia had seen close to 70 mm by Saturday.

Much of Ontario had seen between 30 and 45 mm, with the highest amounts recorded in North Bay and Kitchener. Thunderstorms also lit up the night in southern Ontario Thursday and in the Ottawa area Friday.

More rain is possible through Monday.

Intense wind and rain events lasting several days are common at this time of year, Hassan said.

“It's because the contrast in temperature between the two air masses, north and south, is quite prominent,” he explained. “When those two air masses collide with each other, we can see intensification of the systems.

“This is typical fall weather,” he added.

Another common phenomenon at this time of year, especially in Ontario, is lake-effect showers. As cold winds pass over the warm waters of the Great Lakes, they can produce heavy showers along the shorelines.

Westerly winds in the wake of the current low pressure system will increase the chances of lake effect rain, especially along the Huron Shores, Georgian Bay and Lake Superior.

Driving can be difficult in this kind of weather. The right tires on your vehicle can help you avoid hydroplaning.

It's also a good idea to take the necessary steps to avoid basement flooding.

For a closer look at the weather forecast, be sure to check our Canadian Cities Index.

With files from Alexandra Pope and Kimberly Lamontagne

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