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Five things you need to know about Wednesday

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 7:13 AM - Wondering what you missed overnight or what you can expect for the day ahead? 

Here's your weather briefing for Wednesday, July 2. 

1. Canada Day storms hit Ontario, Quebec

All eyes were on a line of severe storms tracking into Ontario and Quebec on Canada Day Tuesday.

While some rotation was detected in eastern Ontario and Quebec, southern Ontario escaped the system relatively unscathed despite the forecast one day earlier.


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What happened?

Here's Weather Network storm chaser and meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal.

2. Line of severe storms sweep through Quebec

Parts of Quebec on the other hand, didn't get off so lightly on Canada Day.

A tornado warning was issued for the Gatineau region through the afternoon hours, dropping about 50 minutes later.

"Although a funnel cloud was sighted north of Grenville by storm chaser Mathieu Curling, no tornado was reported at this time," said The Weather Network's sister station MétéoMédia Tuesday.

Several people took to Twitter to post photos of the storm damage including an overturned trailer and many uprooted trees.

3. Prairies flood battle continues

The rains may have tapered off on the Prairies, but ongoing flooding has forced numerous evacuations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Officials say about 500 people have been evacuated from their homes and there are fears that that number may go higher.


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A hospital in Melville, Saskatchewan was also evacuated as rising water levels made their way around a nearby damn.

More than 80 communities in the two provinces are under a state of emergency.

4. Heat warnings in New Brunswick

"A warm and humid airmass will persist over the Maritimes today resulting in humidex values reaching and possibly exceeding 40 in the afternoon over most of the province with the exception of some coastal areas, especially along the Fundy coast where onshore southwesterly winds will maintain cooler temperatures," said Environment Canada in a heat warning issued early Wednesday.

To decrease the risk of dehydration, residents are being urged to drink plenty of water and limit your time spent outdoors.

5. All eyes on Arthur

All eyes are on Tropical Storm Arthur, which could impact Atlantic Canada this weekend.

According to the Canadian Hurricane Centre, the storm is expected to intensify as it moves northeastward up the East Coast of the United States this week.

Heavy rains are expected across Atlantic Canada this weekend if its track remains offshore, but forecasters say it's still too early to rule out a direct impact.

More details here from Weather Network chief meteorologist Chris Scott.

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