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Nicole's remnants drench eastern Canada


Rainfall amounts expected through Saturday
Rainfall amounts expected through Saturday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 1, 2010 — What's left of Tropical Storm Nicole has moved up the Eastern Seaboard and is sweeping across parts of Canada. Up to of 85 mm of rain is possible in parts of Quebec and New Brunswick through Saturday.

Rain in Varennes, Que. Photo: courtesy Robert Duquette
Rain in Varennes, Que. Photo: courtesy Robert Duquette

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

Heavy rain has been drenching communities since then. For many, the heaviest rain is still to come.

“We could see more than 80 mm of rain in places like Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke through Saturday,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Parts of New Brunswick will get soaked, as well.”

In fact, Environment Canada says up to 100 mm of rain could fall in New Brunswick. Rainfall warnings are currently in effect for the province.

Meanwhile, several areas in Quebec have already surpassed record rainfall amounts this month and this onset of wet weather will put some communities over the edge. Officials in Montreal aren't taking any chances and are already preparing for flooding in low-lying areas, including the Acadie Circle.

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

Eastern Ontario got a soaking from Nicole's remnants, as well. As of Thursday night, Brockville had recorded nearly 55 mm of rain while Kingston saw closer to 30 mm.

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 Andrea Stockton

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