Leslie Damages Buildings, Cuts Power in Newfoundland

Post-Tropical Storm Leslie knocked out power, toppled trees, tore off roofs and flooded roads as it passed across eastern Newfoundland.

Wind gusts of as much as 81 miles (130 kilometers) per hour are possible for the next few hours as rain from the storm tapers off, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said in a bulletin at about 11 a.m. New York time.

“Many large trees have fallen, there are power outages for much of St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula, roofing materials and windows have been ripped out of some buildings,” the agency said.

The pounding will probably continue until midday, 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,” he said.

Leslie was about 130 miles north-northwest of St. John’s with maximum winds of 70 mph, according to an 11 a.m. advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. The U.S. center has stopped issuing updates on the system because it isn’t tropical in nature anymore.

The storm had begun to lose the characteristics that define tropical systems when it made landfall near Fortune, Newfoundland, earlier today.

Tropical Systems

Tropical storms tend to be more compact and symmetrical and draw strength from warm ocean waters. A nor’easter, by comparison, draws strength from upper-level winds, is more spread out and doesn’t have a tight structure, Pydynowski said.

Leslie’s tropical storm strength winds of at least 39 mph now reach out 345 miles from its core. The range yesterday was 205 miles.

Hurricane Igor raked Newfoundland in September 2010, washing out roads, isolating towns and killing 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, Tropical Depression 14 with top winds of 35 mph formed in the Atlantic about 1,210 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, according to the U.S. center. The storm is expected to grow into a hurricane, named Nadine, within the next three days.

Pydynowski said computer models suggest the system will remain in the mid-Atlantic and never threaten North America.

Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Michael weakened about 1,090 miles west of the Azores. Its top winds are now 45 mph, down from 65 mph earlier, the center said. It’s no threat to land.

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