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Heavy rain soaks the Maritimes, gradually easing Monday

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    Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 8:36 AM -

    It will be a soggy first day back to school for Maritimers with up to 60 mm of rain expected for some places. 

    That's on top of the rainfall that has already fallen.

    A slow moving system prompted Environment Canada to issue a rainfall warning for much of western and central Nova Scotia and virtually all of New Brunswick early Tuesday.

    The rain is expected to gradually ease throughout the day, with just showers forecast to continue Wednesday morning. 

    On Sunday, a home in central Nova Scotia was badly damaged by a lightning strike. 

    The homeowners say they were sitting in their living room at the time, when they saw a bright flash and what appeared to be a fireball. Next, was an ear-splitting boom. 

    Firefighters had to cut through the roof to get at the resulting fire. 

    Damage to the Windsor home could top $60,000.

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