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Post-tropical Cyclone Lee knocks out power to tens of thousands of people, causing high winds and coastal flooding in Canada




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Post-tropical Cyclone Lee is expected to gradually weaken over the coming days before moving away from Canada into the Atlantic Ocean, as authorities in Florida announce at least one death from the storm.

Lee, once a powerful hurricane, is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it tracks north after making landfall Saturday on Nova Scotia’s Long Island, the National Hurricane Center said in its final advisory for the storm Sunday.

The storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people and battered the coasts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada with wind and waves. It is expected to move northeast over Newfoundland on Sunday afternoon before moving across the Atlantic on Monday.

At least one death has been attributed to conditions caused by Lee: Fernandina Beach, Florida, officials announced that a 15-year-old drowned in the surf “due to turbulent wave conditions resulting from the Hurricane Lee.”

The boy was last seen Wednesday by witnesses holding on to a floating raft, “and then the raft moved away from him,” the Fernandina Beach Police Department’s acting police chief told CNN , Jeff Tambasco, in an email, adding that the teen’s body was found Thursday.

Tropical storm-force winds still extend about 290 miles from what remains of Lee’s core Sunday, the hurricane center said.

In Canada, about 50,000 customers were without power Sunday in Nova Scotia, while 8,000 in New Brunswick were in the dark, according to outage maps compiled by provincial utilities.

In Maine — where winds of 83 mph were recorded in Perry and 63 mph in Roque Bluffs — more than 20,000 homes and businesses were without power, according to PowerOutage.us. The outages peaked Saturday with more than 90,000 customers in the dark, and photos taken across the state showed toppled trees near homes and on roadways as powerful winds battered the region.

Another inch of rain is expected over parts of eastern New Brunswick, according to the hurricane center. Authorities had warned residents to prepare for power outages and stock up on food and medicine for at least 72 hours, while encouraging people to stay indoors during what they said would likely turn into a storm surge for coastal communities.

“Once the storm starts, remember to stay home if possible,” Kyle Leavitt, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said Friday ahead of the storm. “Nothing good can come from observing the big waves and the real force of the wind. »

A felled tree is shown in a yard in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on Saturday.

In the United States, a state of emergency was declared before the storm in Maine and Massachusetts. President Joe Biden has authorized the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to step in to coordinate disaster relief and required emergency response assistance.

Boston’s Logan International Airport saw an increase in flight cancellations Saturday, with 23% of all flights to Boston and 24% of flights from the city canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.


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