A cold front that moved through the Maritimes on Monday helped to trigger severe thunderstorms in northern New Brunswick.
Heavy rain and large hail was reported, and at one point, Environment Canada issued a tornado warning in Woodstock and Carleton County. There were no reports of tornado touchdowns, but some weak rotation prompted the warning.
“When a tornado warning is issued, it means rotation has been detected using radar,” explains Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “It can also mean that a tornado was reported on the ground. In this situation, there was a potential of a tornado, but it was subsequently dropped.”
Thunderstorms fired up again across the province Tuesday night. Intense lightning was reported in Moncton, where a power outage forced the mall to close early.
Moncton Camera Operator, Jeremy Chipper was in the thick of the storm Tuesday night.
“The lightning is over and the main thing right now is the massive amount of rain we got, which caused localized flooding. One fourth of Main Street is under water,” said Chipper.
Two main roads in the city were temporarily closed after heavy rain washed out about 12 feet of roadway. Motorists were urged to use alternate routes as crews worked to clean up the mess.
According to officials with the city of Moncton, about 16 homeowners are dealing with flooded basements as well. Residents are encouraged to assess their property and make any necessary changes in preparation for future storms.
Almost 50 mm of rain fell in the city of Moncton Tuesday, while Fredericton saw closer to 45 mm.
For a closer look at the weather in your area, head to the Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for up-to-date coverage on severe weather.
With files from Sana Ahmed