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Heavy rain hits eastern Ontario, southern Quebec, flood threat looms

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 16, 2014, 11:54 AM - After days of rain and widespread scattered thunderstorms across southern Ontario, the unsettled conditions have continued to push east.

"Heavy rain in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec will allow for a washout of a day," says Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani. "Conditions improve through the day in the GTA and southwestern Ontario, with variable cloud and even some sun by the late afternoon and early evening."

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A rainfall warning has been issued for parts of Quebec with upwards of 50 mm of rain expected through Saturday.

Officials say the ground is already near saturation and has little ability to absorb further rainfall.

The system will affect an area from Montreal to Chibougamau and further north through the afternoon hours, moving very slowly eastward to reach central Quebec by Friday night.

"Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible," warns Environment Canada. "Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Don't approach washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts."

For the long weekend, both Ontario and Quebec are stuck underneath an upper low, "hence there will be the threat of showers and some cloud every day," Vaswani adds.

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