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Post-Tropical Storm Lee Leaves Thousands Without Power in the Maritimes

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Halifax: Post-tropical storm Lee moved out of the Maritimes, leaving thousands without power due to downed trees and coastal damage. By midday, the storm had passed Prince Edward Island and entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence, heading towards the Magdalen Islands and northern Newfoundland in the evening, according to CTV News.

Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Centre noted that while some areas would continue to experience residual winds, they would not be as strong as when the storm hit the Maritimes, as Lee continued to weaken.

Shelburne in Nova Scotia experienced severe effects, with flooding from a powerful storm surge in its harbor. Andy Blackmer of the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club described it as a near-direct hit, with strong winds and high tides causing flooding and some infrastructure damage. Power had been out for over 24 hours in the town, but conditions improved during the evening high tide.

Nova Scotia Power reported over 68,000 customers without power, while NB Power had 10,000 affected customers, and 144 were in the dark in P.E.I. Efforts were underway to restore electricity, with Western Nova Scotia, Halifax, Truro, and New Glasgow being the hardest-hit areas.

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In New Brunswick’s Grand Manan Island, there were no reports of major flooding despite receiving heavy rain.

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