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Wet and windy Atlantic Canada

Jill Colton, staff writer

November 6, 2010 — A trough of low pressure is bringing wet and windy conditions to Atlantic Canada this weekend.

Rain totals as of 10 am ADT
Rain totals as of 10 am ADT

It's a system that just keeps going.

An intense trough of low pressure has been dominating Atlantic Canada since Thursday and will continue to bring gloomy conditions to the region through the weekend.

New Brunswick really bore the brunt of the storm. On Friday afternoon, more than 70 mm of rain had hammered Fredericton. The powerful storm gusts also helped to knock out power to nearly 7,000 customers in the province. Air travel was also disrupted and tree branches came crashing down onto power lines and across streets.

On a good note, electricity had been restored to nearly 80 per cent of costumers before midnight Friday. Hissing winds also burst through Newfoundland. Gusts peaked around 130 km/h during the morning hours.

Rainfall expected through Sunday.
Rainfall expected through Sunday.

As for Saturday, the worst isn't over yet. The storm is forecast to bring gusts of up to 120 km/h to parts of Cape Breton. The trough of low pressure is expected to move over Prince Edward Island by Saturday afternoon and remain stationary through Sunday.

As a result, residents will mostly likely see heavy pockets of rain of up to 60 mm in some areas. The situation is virtually the same for New Brunswick, with the system remaining stationary through Sunday. Between 50 to 80 mm of downpour is expected throughout much of the province. As for Newfoundland, Saint John can expect about 150 mm by the time it's all over on Sunday.

Environment Canada warns that during high tide on Saturday, higher than normal water levels are expected along the south shore of Nova Scotia. Large waves and pounding surf could affect Atlantic facing coastlines throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, for Ontario and Quebec, a light dusting of snow could be possible on Saturday, so make sure you bundle up.

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.

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