Peninsula sees eye of the storm

George Macvicar
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The Burin Peninsula has been sparred this time around.

As you would have following a heavy rainstorm, Tropical Storm Leslie produced a few fast running brooks this morning but little, if any, damage. George Macvicar Photo

Tropical Storm Leslie did strike in to land on the Fortune Bay side of the peninsula around 8 a.m. and as a result the eye of the storm moved across our region.

Overnight there were high winds with St. Lawrence registering gusts in the 95-kilometre range. And around 4 a.m. rain started to fall with Environment Canada reporting Winterland recorded over 50 millimetres of rain in a two-hour period between 5-7 a.m.

Most peninsula businesses opened as usual this morning but Eastern School District, College of the North Atlantic and Keyin College all closed for the day. Some government offices were also closed this morning.

High winds had affected the Avalon Peninsula with power outages and damages to buildings with winds well over 100km. Heavy rain was impacting central and western Newfoundland.

Environment Canada was still forecasting high winds on the back side of the storm gusting at times to 100kms and some light rain.

A wind warning remains in effect but the Tropical Storm, Hurricane watch and rainfall warnings have been dropped.


Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Fortune Bay, Newfoundland

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