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Boats were gliding down streets instead of cars in parts of the Maritimes to start the week.

Flooding, damage as Matthew-fueled storm lashes Maritimes


Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:31 AM - Tropical moisture from former Hurricane Matthew has fueled record-breaking rainfall, damaging winds, and widespread flooding through parts of Atlantic Canada.

Though the storm itself did not directly impact Atlantic Canada, a low-pressure system fueled by Matthew's moisture brought severe weather conditions to areas in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.


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Tens of thousands of residents and business-owners in Atlantic Canada were left without power early Tuesday after wind gusts of more than 100 km/h lashed the region on Monday.


SEE BELOW: Scroll down to see photos and videos of Matthew's path of destruction in Atlantic Canada.


Emergency management efforts continue in Sydney, N.S. and St. Albans, N.L., with a state of emergency declared in both municipalities, including Harbour Breton, and Lewis Port, N.L.

Sydney, N.S., and Gander, N.L. saw record-breaking rainfall totals of up to 225 mm for the former and 124 mm for the latter.

Sydney's previous official one-day total rainfall record was 128 mm, set in 1981.

Rain began to taper off overnight Monday from south to north across the Nova Scotia as the system moves away. Newfoundland will see precipitation dwindle through the day Tuesday, lingering longest over the east and southeast parts of the province.


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Though rainfall warnings dropped, wind warnings were in place for northeast Nova Scotia and Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas early Tuesday, with gusts near 100 km/h expected to persist through the day.

"Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur," Environment Canada said in a statement. "Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage."

More tropical moisture threatens Atlantic Canada

"[W]e're closely watching the track of Nicole," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

"[It's] forecast to stay offshore, but potentially close enough to have some impact, especially to Southern Newfoundland," he adds. "Matthew is a sobering reminder to not let your guard down even when all the models are offshore."

A cold front that will slowly cross Atlantic Canada Thursday night through Saturday, bringing below-seasonal temperatures for the weekend.

Thumbnail courtesy:  @DTruckair

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