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Thunderstorms rock Newfoundland


Radar shows the thunderstorms that rolled across Newfoundland Thursday morning
Radar shows the thunderstorms that rolled across Newfoundland Thursday morning

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

September 16, 2010 — Nocturnal thunderstorms were making noise and causing a scene overnight in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Several small fires were sparked by lightning in St. John's
Several small fires were sparked by lightning in St. John's

Torrential rain, rumbles of thunder and lightning strikes. That's what people in St. John's, Newfoundland woke up to on Thursday morning.

“We had a cold front make its way across the province, which triggered some non-severe thunderstorms,” says Patrick Cool, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “In some cases, the storms lasted more than an hour.”

The Avalon Peninsula was hit particularly hard, with about 20mm of rain soaking St. John's.

Emergency crews were kept busy after lightning struck a transformer near a home in the city. It was one of several small lightning-sparked fires across the region.

Today, conditions will be much calmer in eastern Newfoundland.

“Overall, we're looking at a sunny, comfortable and slightly gusty day,” says Cool. “The low pressure system is making its way out to sea, so if anything we could see some wrap around showers throughout the day.”

For more forecast details where you live, click our Newfoundland and Labrador Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where our National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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