Tropical Storm Leslie sped in the North Atlantic toward landfall today in southeastern Newfoundland, the National Hurricane Center said.
The 12th named weather system of the Atlantic season was about 170 miles (275 kilometers) west-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, the NHC said in a 5 a.m. Atlantic time website advisory. High surf and as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain may soak Newfoundland, the center said.
“The center of Leslie is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of the Burin Peninsula or Placentia Bay,” the Canadian Weather Center said in an advisory. “Rain bands extend out ahead of Leslie and are currently giving very heavy rainfall rates on the order of 25 millimeters per hour.”
Leslie with 70 miles per hour winds is moving north-northeast at 40 mph, the NHC said. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward as much as 310 miles.
“It’s moving really fast and it may be moving 35 to 40 mph as it passes through eastern Newfoundland,” said Dan Kottlowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “Their worst weather will be right around daybreak. It will rain very hard, very quick.”
Hurricane Igor, which raked the area in September 2010, washing out roads and isolating towns, was blamed for one death.
Marine Atlantic said it was cancelling ferries between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, the Associated Press reported.
Korea National Oil Corp.’s 115,000-barrel-a-day North Atlantic Refinery is at the head of the bay in Come By Chance, Newfoundland.
Kottlowski said Leslie’s fast forward motion will limit the most severe weather to about two hours and the total impact from the storm to six to eight hours. “By noontime, it should all be wrapped up,” he said.
Elsewhere, a low-pressure system midway between Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles that’s moving west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph is being given a 90 percent chance of growing into a tropical depression within two days, the NHC said.
Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Michael was about 1,100 miles west of the Azores packing 65 mph winds and “weakening fast,” the center said. It’s no threat to land.