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article imageThanksgiving Monday washed out in Maritime provinces

By Karen Graham     Oct 11, 2016 in Environment
What's left of Hurricane Matthew is wrecking havoc along the Canadian Maritimes, washing out roads and bridges, flooding neighborhoods and leaving thousands of families without power.
Tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Matthew fueled some record-breaking rainfall over parts of Atlantic Canada, bringing damaging winds, flooding and power outages on what was supposed to be Thanksgiving weekend for our neighbors to the North, reports CTV News.
As of Tuesday morning, over 50,000 homes and businesses were still without power, and in Nova Scotia, many schools were closed.
Environmental Canada said most of the mainland in Eastern Canada received as much as 100 millimeters (4.0 inches) of rainfall, with some areas, like Cape Breton receiving over 200 millimeters (7.87 inches) of rain.
Newfoundland and Labrador got the brunt of the storm, with wind gusts on Monday of over 100 kph (62 mph) being recorded. Most of the damages were from branches being torn off trees and whole trees being toppled, tearing down power lines.
Forecasters at the Weather Network are calling for strong winds with gusts of up to 100kph to persist through Tuesday in northeast Nova Scotia and Newfoundland's Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas.
The pictures on social media of the storm damage are very dramatic and show the extent of the damages very well. While the hurricane was not directly involved and was well off-shore, the tropical moisture pulled in really created havoc.
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