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Oct 31, 2012 - 12:44:13 PM

Eastern Canada Hit With More Rain, Cold From Sandy

By CBC News
Oct 31, 2012 - 12:39:28 PM


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The wrath of Sandy has come and gone, but weather forecasters say the post-tropical storm will bring rain, cool air and possibly flurries to Eastern Canada today as trick-or-treaters prepare for their annual Halloween ritual.

Southern and eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes will experience scattered showers to heavy rain, but there may be snow in parts of northeastern Ontario, said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.

"The remnants of Sandy will continue to spread moisture into cooler air, which means flurries or light snow for some and a messy mix, including freezing rain, for others ... the good news is that the worst of the wet and windy weather is behind us," he said.

"But cloudy and cool weather will remain in place for trick-or-treating, and parents should be advised to keep the umbrella handy."

Nova Scotia Power was working to restore power to roughly 1,750 people - the majority of which were in Dartmouth.

Neera Ritcey, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power, said the utility is hoping all of the electricity will be restored by late morning.

"There's been a lot of individual, scattered outages that went on overnight," she told CBC News on Wednesday.

"Given the kind of weather they were dealing with, thunder and lightning, obviously they have to ensure that they're working safely and are spending the right amount of time doing the repairs that are needed."

Several areas of Nova Scotia were forecasted by Environment Canada to receive 30-40 millimetres of rain throughout the day. The agency said the northwestern tip of the province would be hammered by winds gusting up to 90 km/h tonight, before tapering off before dawn Thursday.
'Windy and wet is what they get for Halloween'

Scotland said Sandy has grown in size, but weakened considerably in intensity.

"The biggest threats from Sandy today will be some heavy rain continuing today for the Maritimes and parts of eastern Quebec with 30 to 50-plus millimetres possible," he said.

Environment Canada said the Charlevoix region northeast of Québec City had already received 143 millimetres since Monday.

Further east in the Martimes there is a chance of thunderstorms, and while there is the risk of localized flooding, the weather is "far from extreme," said Scotland.

"Windy and wet is what they get for Halloween, but the heavy rain will taper off through the afternoon," he said.

In northern Ontario, the township of Wawa was blanketed with 10 centimetres of snow overnight Tuesday as Sandy moved across the region.

The town is under a state of emergency after a severe drenching of rain last week washed-out roads in the area, including a section of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Power restored to thousands

Cleanup in Eastern Canada continues after the superstorm's unrelenting winds and rain on Tuesday felled trees and tossed debris, leaving as many as 200,000 people without power and killing at least one woman.

Recovery efforts are also underway in the northeastern U.S., where Sandy's impact was far more widespread and deadly. The superstorm's storm surges, as much as four metres high, and lashing winds left millions without power and at least 55 dead.

The strongest winds in Ontario (106 km/h) were recorded on Western Island in Georgian Bay. In Quebec, Laval and Orléans experienced winds close to 90 km/h.

Wind warnings were in place for most of southern Ontario and Quebec, but were lifted by Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, at least 7,700 homes and businesses were still without electricity in southern Ontario, Hydro One said, down from as many as 90,000 a day earlier.

Toronto Hydro reported up to 55,000 people were without power on Tuesday, but by Wednesday morning, electricity had been restored to all but 540 people.

"Toronto Hydro estimates that more than 85 per cent of the outages were caused by tree limbs coming into contact with power lines, poles and transformers," it said in a statement. They estimated the cost of storm-related repairs could reach $1 million.

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