Storm Lee brings strong winds and coastal flooding to Canada

Storm Lee made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone over the weekend, with sustained hurricane-force winds in Canada’s Nova Scotia province.

The storm brought to flooding roads, downed trees and meant the loss of  power for tens of thousands of people along the North Atlantic coast.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that as of 17 September Lee was moving north after it made landfall on Long Island, a small island southwest of Halifax, on Saturday.

The still-powerful weather system packed maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts, forecasters said.

Lee was then located about 40 miles (60 km) east-southeast of Eastport, Maine and about 130 miles (215) west of Halifax, is expected to weaken steadily during the next couple of days.

At least one storm-related fatality was recorded on Saturday. A motorist in the US state of Maine died after a tree fell on his vehicle, according to reports from local media.

Overall, the storm brought strong winds, coastal flooding and heavy rains to parts of coastal Maine and Atlantic Canada.

In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, around 120,000 people were without power on Saturday as winds knocked down trees and felled power lines. In neighbouring New Brunswick, nearly 20,000 people experienced power outages.