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Flooding, rain and powerful winds hit the Maritimes

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
November 12, 2011 — It was a wet and windy Remembrance Day for people living in the Maritimes. Now, some communities are dealing with flooding.

The week ended with a washout in the Maritimes
The week ended with a washout in the Maritimes

Attending an outdoor Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday proved to be a challenge for people living in the Maritimes.

A storm system pushed across the region, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to some communities.

The system was packing a lot of tropical moisture, which accounted for its severity, explained Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

By Saturday morning, parts of southern New Brunswick, including Saint John, had seen more than 80 mm of rain. Halifax saw a whopping 106 mm.

Localized flooding was reported in several parts of the city.

The Weather Network's Shelley Steeves was just outside of Moncton, New Brunswick Friday morning and said driving conditions deteriorated quickly as the rain came down and water pooled on the road.

Struggling to get around in rainy Dartmouth
Struggling to get around in rainy Dartmouth

The system also brought strong winds to the region. Gusts of more than 90 km/h in Nova Scotia cut power to more than 6,000 customers Friday morning.

A peak gust of 119 km/h was recorded at Grand Etang on the eastern side of Cape Breton.

After a mild start to the week, temperatures are expected to decrease with the passing of this storm system. Seasonal values will dominate the region through the weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds are also expected in Newfoundland through Saturday. For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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