Heavy rain in Fort McMurray creates hazardous conditions, prompts rainfall warning

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WATCH ABOVE: Just days after tens of thousands of Fort McMurray residents re-entered their community following last month's catastrophic wildfire, Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for the region and warned of the potential for flash flooding. Margeaux Morin has the details – Jun 10, 2016

Heavy rain continues to fall in northeastern Alberta and now, enough rain is in the forecast to prompt Environment Canada to issue a rainfall warning for Fort McMurray Thursday evening.

“[Forty-four millimetres] of rain has been reported in Fort McMurray today and another 10-20 mm is possible before rain ends,” the warning said.

Rainfall warnings are issued when over 50 millimetres of rain is expected within a 24-hour period.

Albertans have been praying for heavy rain in the region for weeks.

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“The cliché is true: location location location,” explained Tina Simpkin, a meteorologist at Global Edmonton.  “With this weather system, where you live in relation to the low pressure system meant a wide variety of weather. From wind to hail,” and of course the heavy rain.

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“Fort McMurray spent most of its time to the northeast of the system where rain has been steadily falling.”

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