Thousands Still Without Power As Storm Lee Slashes US, Canada

The heavy storm flooded roads and trees with heavy rain and brought strong winds, creating troublesome situations for residents

Thousands Still Without Power As Storm Lee Slashes US, Canada

Tens of thousands of people along the North Atlantic coast lost power as Storm Lee, a post-tropical storm with hurricane-force gusts, made landfall on Saturday in a rural section of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, wind-related tree and power line damage left almost 120,000 people without power on Saturday. In the neighboring province of New Brunswick, around 20,000 people were without electricity.

"Although some people have had their power restored, the situation is becoming worse. It is frequently unsafe for our staff, especially when gusts are more than 80 km/h (49.7 mph)," according to Matt Drover of the Nova Scotia power provider early on Saturday.

Strong winds and heavy rain from the storm's flooding of roads and trees made life difficult for locals.

The storm was blamed for at least one death, according to US media, which said that a tree fell on a motorist's car in Maine as a result of the storm, killing the driver.

The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) stated in its most recent bulletin that Lee was moving north after making landfall on Long Island, a tiny island southwest of Halifax, on Saturday.

According to Reuters, Lee, which is presently approximately 130 miles (215 km) west of Halifax and 40 miles (60 km) east-southeast of Eastport, Maine, is expected to progressively weaken over the coming days.

As a result, there were violent gusts, coastal flooding, and copious amounts of rain in several coastal regions of Maine and Atlantic Canada.