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September 19, 2001 - Gabrielle Grazes Newfoundland

Saturday, September 19th 2020, 6:00 am - Hurricane Gabrielle flooded Newfoundland and was responsible for the cancellation of mail delivery.

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On September 19th, 2001, the remnants of Hurricane Gabrielle passed Southeast of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. Although it had weakened to a post-tropical storm, it still brought hurricane-force wind gusts and rain that flooded parts of the province.

In St. John's, it rained 99.4mm, breaking the September daily record. A weather station in Cape Race recorded 48mm of rain in just one hour. As a result, a state of emergency was declared.

The widespread flooding tore up roads, swamped shopping malls and schools, filled basements to the ceiling and left thousands of residents without phones, electricity or heat.

Wind gusts forced the cancellation of flights and even cancellation of mail delivery.

The North Atlantic hurricane season was the fourth most active in 120 years and the longest since 1981.

"This Day In Weather History” is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei.

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