Post-tropical Storm Lee Sweeps Across the Maritimes, Causing Widespread Disruption

Post-tropical storm Lee is barreling towards the Maritimes, unleashing heavy rain, strong winds, and flooding. The storm, which has now been downgraded from a hurricane, is predicted to make landfall between Nova Scotia’s Shelburne and Yarmouth counties later today. Despite the change in storm classification, the impacts are expected to remain severe, with power outages affecting over 170,000 homes in the region.

Coastal areas of southwestern Nova Scotia are already experiencing significant storm surges, with crashing waves inundating coastal roadways. As of noon, Nova Scotia reported 135,100 households without power, while New Brunswick had over 35,600 homes in the dark. Fortunately, no power outages were reported in Newfoundland.

The central Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia is at particular risk, with storm surge warnings in place from Shelburne County to Guysborough County. Environment Canada predicts breaking waves between four and six meters, posing a significant threat to coastal communities. To ensure public safety, Nova Scotia RCMP have urged drivers to stay off the roads, discouraging the dangerous habit of venturing to the coast to witness the spectacle firsthand.

A hurricane watch remains in effect for Grand Manan Island and coastal Charlotte County in New Brunswick, along with most of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. Additionally, a tropical storm warning covers most of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy coast, as well as areas along the Northumberland Strait. Residents in these regions should be prepared for heavy rainfall, with some areas expecting over 100 millimeters. The downpour, coupled with potential wind gusts of up to 120 kilometers per hour, may lead to fallen trees, downed power lines, and structural damage.

As the Maritimes brace for the full force of post-tropical storm Lee, it is advisable for residents to stay indoors, ensure their safety, and follow updates from local authorities and emergency services. The storm is expected to subside in the coming days, allowing for cleanup and recovery efforts to commence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is a post-tropical storm?

    A post-tropical storm is a weather system that was initially categorized as a tropical storm or hurricane but has lost its tropical characteristics. It typically occurs when a storm transitions over colder waters or encounters contrasting atmospheric conditions.

  2. How are power outages caused during such storms?

    Power outages can be caused by various factors during storms. High winds can blow debris into power lines, causing them to snap or become damaged. Heavy rain can lead to flooding, which may disrupt power substations or electrical infrastructure.

  3. What precautionary measures should I take during a post-tropical storm?

    To ensure your safety during a post-tropical storm, it is essential to stay indoors and away from windows. Secure any loose objects outside your home that may become projectiles in high winds. Have an emergency kit ready, including flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, and bottled water.