Newfoundland and Labrador braces for ‘unprecedented’ flooding from Atlantic storm

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Newfoundland and Labrador are facing heavy flooding, with parts of the province urging residents to avoid non-essential travel as a major storm makes its way across Atlantic Canada.

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Widespread rain and wind warnings in effect on Tuesday To many areas of southwestern Newfoundland and southeastern Labrador.

According to Environment Canada, from Tuesday night, the province is expected to receive 100 mm to 200 mm of rain along with strong wind gusts between 110 and 160 kilometers per hour, which will continue through Wednesday evening. in high altitude areas Port aux Basque RegionMore than 400 mm of rain is expected.

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“These are very extreme rainfall rates for this region of the country,” said Dale Foote, a meteorologist at Environment Canada in Gander, NL.

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The “unprecedented” flooding would result in “damage, washed-out roads and major impacts for the next few days”, he told Granthshala News.

An atmospheric river system – a similar phenomenon wreaking havoc to the west in British Columbia – is also underway in Atlantic Canada.

Over the past week, floods, landslides and landslides in BC have damaged highways, triggered evacuations, left thousands stranded and killed hundreds of animals. At least one person has died.

Because of the slightly different topography in Newfoundland and Labrador with fewer trees and more rocks, mudslides are less likely, but river levels are going to go up, said Granthshala News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell.

Southwestern Labrador will receive “up to two months of rain” over two days, he said.

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The ferry system between Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador has been shut down for the next few days due to extreme winds and waves, effectively cutting off road access to the island.

Provincial officials are urging people to take all necessary precautions.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety reminded residents to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel.

Emergency services are also preparing resources and dispatching them ahead of the torrential rains.

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“Our emergency operations center is closely monitoring adverse weather and its effects on parts of the province,” NL Premier Andrew Fury said on Twitter.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro warned residents that there could be power outages.

While heavy rain is expected to subside after Wednesday, another storm could occur over the weekend, Foot with Environment Canada said.

“After this storm passes by Wednesday evening, there will be a break for cleaning, but it will not be sunny skies and light winds.

“It will be destabilizing, but the period of main danger will pass.”

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Meanwhile, rain and wind warnings have also been issued for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, southern New Brunswick, les-de-la-Madeleine and the northern coast of Quebec.

Up to 75 mm of rain were expected in southern New Brunswick by Tuesday, and PEI can expect up to 90 mm of rain in isolated areas.

Nova Scotia Power was reporting more than 100 outages affecting more than 12,000 customers early Tuesday morning.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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