Heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Beryl hits Montreal, part of Decarie flooded

"I don't think the city was expecting that," says Montrealer Adel Khelafi-Sandoval as severe weather swept through the region on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in road closures. Johanie Bouffard reports.

By The Canadian Press & News Staff

Heavy rain fell on Wednesday in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl continue northward.

Environment Canada issued several rainfall warnings for both provinces, saying that the weather event will continue until Thursday in some areas.

Rain started coming down in Montreal around noon.

By 3 p.m., part of the Decarie Expressway was flooded.

Videos posted to social media showed cars and trucks trying to make their way through the pool of water at an underpass near Côte St Luc Road.

Transport Quebec closed that portion of the highway, along with the ramp to Highway 40 west, and the 13 north at Hickmore.

The damage was done for drivers, who were stuck in hours of delays.

Transport Quebec urges motorists to consult Quebec 511 for up-to-date closure information.

Heavy rain in Montreal on July 10, 2024. (Alyssia Rubertucci, CityNews image)

Montreal and Toronto will be hardest hit by the rainfall.

Depending on the area, between 40 mm and 80 mm of rain is expected, but the federal weather agency warns that the rainfall amounts could be higher locally.

Additionally, there is a possibility of torrential rains.

Environment Canada emphasized that flooding risks are possible, and the low-pressure system will be accompanied by moderate winds.

Rain is expected to begin later on Wednesday in Quebec and will become more intense in the evening and overnight.

Heavy rain in Montreal on July 10, 2024. (Alyssia Rubertucci, CityNews image)

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Beryl is now a post-tropical cyclone. At its peak in the Caribbean, Beryl reached the strength of a Category five hurricane.

The storm reportedly killed 11 people in the Caribbean and seven in the United States, including six in Texas and one in Louisiana. The rains also caused extensive property damage and has left millions without access to electricity.

On Thursday, more rain is expected with a high of 24 and a low of 19.

Cloudy weather returns on Friday, with a 60 per cent chance of showers. There will be a high of 25 and a low of 21 degrees.

A mix of sun and clouds on Saturday, with a 30 per cent chance of showers and a high of 27. The low will be 21.

Sunny skies on Sunday, with a high of 30 degrees and a low of 21.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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