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Clean-up efforts in Canada begin after Hurricane Igor

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Media captionHurricane Igor ripped across the eastern part of Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador province

Workers in Canada have begun cleaning up after Hurricane Igor battered Newfoundland and Labrador province, causing flooding and power cuts.

A tropical storm warning was lifted early on Wednesday after Igor was downgraded to a post-tropical storm.

Residents in some areas of the province saw more than 200mm (8in) of rain in just a few hours, the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC) said.

Forecasters warn the Atlantic coast may see another big hurricane this autumn.

Winds from Igor hit Canada's east coast at 90mph (145km/h), ripping the roof off a hospital in the town of Holyrood, the Toronto Sun newspaper reports.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement saying the federal government would offer assistance to those people affected.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as they brave the heavy rains, flooding and high winds of hurricane Igor that have knocked out roads and bridges in the province, precipitating states of emergency in several communities," Mr Harper said.

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