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Flooding rain threat and gusty winds for the Maritimes

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Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:06 PM - Parts of the Maritimes are in the midst of intense deluges, even as a mild pattern is set to continue as we approach the weekend.

Rainfall warnings cover New Brunswick's western half, with St. Stephen already having picked up more than 100 mm by 3 a.m., with still plenty more to come.

"An area of low pressure over New England will continue giving rain, at times heavy, across most of New Brunswick today and tonight," Environment Canada says. "Additional rainfall amounts up to 60 mm are forecast by Friday morning, with total rainfall amounts exceeding 100 mm for some locations."

The rain will ease to showers Friday, with some clearing, as the low tracks into Quebec and the cold front finally moves out.

Strong winds will also be a factor in Atlantic Canada, with gusts set to reach 90 km/h by early Friday morning.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham says "spectacular" fall weather is ahead for the Maritimes as warmth spreads into the region, except eastern Newfoundland, where cooler weather hangs on for longer.

"We're watching a strong fall storm that tracks into Quebec early next week," Gillham says. "Tropical moisture surges north with the threat for heavy rain (and strong winds) to spread into the Maritimes, but front weakens as it tracks east as the low tracks due north into northern Quebec rather than east into the region. Temperatures trend cooler from west to east mid to late week. "

Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the forecast.

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