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Wash out for eastern Canada

Shopping in the rain. Courtesy - Pat Liu
Shopping in the rain. Courtesy - Pat Liu

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 2, 2010 — What's left of Tropical Storm Nicole has moved up the Eastern Seaboard and swept across parts of Canada. Eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes have all experienced major downpours.

Rain totals for Ontario through Sunday.
Rain totals for Ontario through Sunday.

After bringing devastating floods to parts of the United States, the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole crossed the border into Canada on Thursday and drenched eastern communities.

To say it was a wash-out for eastern Ontario and Quebec is an understatement. Places like Montreal and Quebec City were soaked. Here are some impressive totals from both provinces:

  • Cornwall, ON - 74 mm
  • Brockville, ON - 56.1 mm
  • Ste Anne De Bellevue, QC - 79 mm
  • Nicolet, QC - 78 mm
  • Montreal Central, QC - 74 mm
  • Trois Rivieres, QC - 69 mm

Meanwhile, several areas in Quebec have already surpassed record rainfall amounts this month and this onset of wet weather put some communities over the edge.

The rain has also been intense throughout the Maritimes. New Brunswick has really bore the brunt of the storm with western parts of the province seeing more than 90 mm as of Saturday morning. The rain was ending by Saturday afternoon.

More bands of rain are expected to sweep over southern Ontario on Saturday, with the heavier amounts falling on the southwest. Places like Windsor are expected to see 35+ mm through Sunday.

Record rainfall in Quebec this September
Record rainfall in Quebec this September

The drenching rains associated with Nicole are coming during what has already been a wet week in eastern Canada. Throughout the day on Tuesday, people in southern and eastern Ontario were hit with intense bands of rain and noisy thunderstorms. Nearly 47 mm of rain triggered some intense flooding in the city of Hamilton.

Ontarians faced a drier day on Wednesday, but the same low pressure system continued to soak southern Quebec and the Maritimes. The most impressive rainfall totals however, came from western Newfoundland where around 90 mm was recorded.

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

With files from Jill Colton and Andrea Stockton

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