Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hurricane Lee hits Canada causing power outages


Hurricane Lee, packing strong winds, made landfall in western Canada’s Nova Scotia on Saturday, causing flooding, downing trees and power outages for tens of thousands of people on the north coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

At least one tornado-related death was reported on Saturday, after a rider died after a tree fell on his motorcycle in the US state of Maine, local media reported.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin that Lee was moving north after making landfall on Long Island, a small island southwest of Halifax, on Saturday. The cyclone, which is still strong, is packing maximum winds of 100 kilometers per hour and may increase further, meteorologists said.

The hurricane caused coastal flooding and heavy rainfall along the Maine coast and parts of Atlantic Canada.

About 120,000 people were without power in Canada’s Nova Scotia province on Saturday after strong winds brought down trees and downed power lines. In the neighboring province of New Brunswick, nearly 20,000 people suffered power outages.

As a precautionary measure, US President Joe Biden’s administration has issued emergency declarations for the states of Maine and Massachusetts, providing them with federal aid.

Lee moved into the Atlantic Ocean as a major hurricane for more than a week, briefly threatening Bermuda but not harming any people on land.

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