09-16-2023, 4:38 PM

Atlantic hurricane Lee hits Canada with 70 miles per hour of winds

With near-hurricane force winds, rough surf, and torrential rain, Storm Lee made landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada, late Saturday afternoon. However, not before it felled trees, flooded coastlines, cut off power to tens of thousands of people, and claimed one life.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane core, the post-tropical cyclone's core made landfall with sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) around 135 miles (215 kilometers) west of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. According to American weather officials, that is located around 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Eastport, Maine.

According to experts, the storm was anticipated to weaken when it entered New Brunswick and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

From Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the eastern tip of Maine, there was a 230-mile (370-kilometer) tropical storm warning in force in the United States. That included Bar Harbor, the popular entrance to Acadia National Park, where a whale watch yacht broke free of its mooring and came to rest in front of the College of the Atlantic.

Authorities said that 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel were being offloaded by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Coast Guard to stop a spill into the water.

Lee and Superstorm Sandy from 2012 have certain similarities. Before making landfall, both were formerly powerful hurricanes that had evolved into post-tropical cyclones, storms that had mostly lost their tropical characteristics. However, Lee was not anticipated to be nearly as damaging as Sandy, which caused billions of dollars' worth of damage and was responsible for dozens of fatalities in New York and New Jersey.

According to Canadian meteorologist Jill Maepea, Lee isn't even close to as bad as Hurricane Fiona's aftermath, which a year ago drove homes into the sea, disrupted power in most of two provinces, and dragged a woman into the water.

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