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40mm rain per hour at times possible thanks to Hurricane Beryl

Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for rainfall, with embedded torrential downpours expected, due to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl.

It said rainfall totals of 40 to 60 mm, with locally higher amounts possible., as also torrential downpours giving rainfall rates of 20 to 40 mm per hour at times.

The rain is projected to beginning overnight or Wednesday morning, and ending Thursday.

Durham municipalities have issued rainfall warning and reissued emergency numbers in cae of power and other disruptions.

“Periods of heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Beryl will affect portions of southern Ontario beginning overnight or Wednesday morning. These types of weather systems can give very high rainfall rates in torrential downpours. Rainfall amounts will likely be highly variable across the region, and some areas may receive in excess of 60 mm. Conditions should improve by Thursday,” said the weather agency.

It said heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Pickering has issued the following safety tips and important reminders:

  • Ensure catch basins near your property are free and clear of debris.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road/area.
  • Do not attempt to remove a tree or object from a power line.
  • Always consider downed power lines to be live and dangerous. Electricity can travel through water and the ground around downed power lines. Stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet) or the length of a school bus.
  • If your vehicle makes contact with an energized line, stay inside until help arrives.
  • View flood safety information from the Province of Ontario and Region of Durham
  • Call 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency.

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