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Ottawa Weather: Remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring 20 to 40 mm of rain per hour to Ottawa

Ottawa Weather: Remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring 20 to 40 mm of rain per hour to Ottawa
Ottawa Weather: Remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring 20 to 40 mm of rain per hour to Ottawa

Remnants of Hurricane Beryl could bring heavy, record-breaking rainfall to Ottawa this week as the storm moves across the southern US on Monday.

Environment Canada issued a special weather warning for eastern Ontario on Wednesday and Thursday, warning of possible downpours of 20 to 40 mm per hour at times, with local rainfall amounts potentially “well in excess” of 50 mm.

The remnants of the hurricane are expected to reach Ottawa starting Tuesday evening or Wednesday and last through Thursday.

Special weather warnings are also in effect for southern Ontario and southern Quebec, including Montreal and Toronto. Environment Canada says its confidence in the weather system is low at this time.

“While there is little confidence in the exact track of the weather system, these types of systems have historically produced very high precipitation amounts in the form of downpours,” Environment Canada said in the statement.

Additional warnings may be issued if the exact direction of the system is known.

Hurricane Beryl has wreaked havoc in Jamaica, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Beryl hit Mexico last week as a Category 2 hurricane, knocking down trees but causing no injuries or deaths before weakening to a tropical storm. The storm turned and made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in Texas early Monday morning.

More than two million homes and businesses in the Houston area are without power, a Texas official said.


With files from The Associated Press