Post-Tropical Storm Leslie went ashore in southern Newfoundland with hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rain, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said.
The storm was about 43 miles (69 kilometers) northwest of Argentia, Newfoundland, on Placentia Bay at about 9:30 a.m. local time, according to the agency. Wind gusts of 77 miles per hour were recorded east of the storm’s core.
“That is going to continue for the next two to three hours,” said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “They are getting battered with wind and rain now, but by this afternoon the sun will be back out.”
Leslie, the 12th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic season, has completed its transition to a post-tropical system, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
Tropical storms tend to be more compact and symmetrical and draw strength from warm ocean waters. A normal nor’easter draws strength from upper-level winds, is more spread out and doesn’t have a tight structure, Pydynowski said.
Leslie “is forecast to remain a large and powerful cyclone over the North Atlantic for the next two or three days,” the U.S. National Hurricane Center said earlier today.
Hurricane Igor, which raked the area in September 2010, washed out roads, isolated towns and killed one person there.
Korea National Oil Corp.’s 115,000-barrel-a-day North Atlantic Refinery is at the head of Placentia Bay in Come By Chance, Newfoundland.
“We’re keeping an eye on the storm and seeing what it brings,” said Gloria Slade, communications manager for the plant. “For now, we’re working through it.”
Elsewhere, a low-pressure system midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles that’s moving west- northwest at 15 mph to 20 mph is being given a 90 percent chance of growing into a tropical system within two days, the NHC said.
Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Michael was about 1,135 miles west of the Azores packing 65 mph winds and “weakening fast,” the center said. It’s no threat to land.