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Remnants of Irene impact Atlantic Canada

Andrea Stockton, staff writer
August 31, 2011 — Conditions continue to improve across eastern Canada as Irene moves out to sea, but the remnants of the storm impacted several areas.

Heavy rainfall drenched parts of Quebec
Heavy rainfall drenched parts of Quebec

After blasting the eastern United States and making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, Irene moved into Canadian waters on Sunday as a post-tropical storm. Although it lost some of its steam, the storm still packed quite the punch in eastern Canada.

Quebec took the biggest hit in terms of rainfall. Several places recorded more than 50 mm of rain and in Sherbrooke, over 100 mm fell causing large trees and even a lightpost to topple.

According to Hydro Quebec, close to 250,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm. Most of the outages were reported in Montreal.

All tropical storm warnings were lifted in both Quebec and the Maritimes early Monday morning, but the remnants of the storm continued to impact the region.

Maritimers were urged to take caution around coastal areas
Maritimers were urged to take caution around coastal areas

The storm may be to blame for a landslide that occurred about 100 km northeast of Montreal on Monday. A part of roadway crumbled into the Yamaska River and two cars went tumbling with it.

Police officials say the driver and passenger of one car were able to make it safely to shore, but the search for the second driver continues. The 68-year-old man has been missing since his car was swept into the river.

In the Maritime provinces, about 50,000 customers were left without power. Winds continued to gust up to 100 km/h on Monday delaying recovery and restoration efforts for hydro crews. Officials say it could be Thursday before power is fully restored.

There were reports of downed trees across the region and in Fredericton, where over 80 mm of rain has fallen, some localized flooding has occurred.

There was concern for a dangerous storm surge as well and Environment Canada said six-metre waves were reported over western Maritime waters.

Tune in to The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage on the conditions in Atlantic Canada. You can also follow us on Twitter @weathernetwork or 'Like' us on Facebook.

With files from Alexandra Pope

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