Tropical Storm approaches Canada

Tropical Storm Leslie headed on a northward track towards Canada’s Newfoundland early today, after its outer bands buffeted Bermuda with a day of gusty winds and rain.

Tropical Storm Leslie headed on a northward track towards Canada’s Newfoundland early today, after its outer bands buffeted Bermuda with a day of gusty winds and rain.

Scattered power outages affected hundreds of people during a stormy day yesterday, and some roads were littered with tree branches and other debris.

The Bermuda Police Service said there were no reports of any major damage or injuries, however.

Bus services resumed and LF Wade International Airport reopened last night once winds had died down.

“Despite a few power outages and cancelled flights it will be business as usual tomorrow. I would ask the public to remain cautious as there may be loose tree limbs and debris, and the ocean is still dangerous for swimming,” national security minister Wayne Perinchief said.

Although Mr Perinchief indicated things were back to normal, classes in Bermuda’s schools were cancelled for today and ferry services were suspended to allow inspections of the fleet and docks.

The financial haven and tourist destination about 600 miles off the US East Coast is used to strong storms and people took Leslie in their stride.

“It’s an excuse for a lazy day at home,” said Natasha Hector, a resident of Bermuda’s Southampton parish originally from Oxfordshire, England.

Tia Smith hunkered down yesterday at home in Hamilton parish with her husband Tim, five-year-old daughter Willow and one-year-old son Rowan.

“Just a quiet day of movies and board games for us,” she said.

The US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60mph late yesterday as it moved away from Bermuda. Leslie was about 225 miles north-east of Bermuda and moving north-northeast at 16mph.

US forecasters said Leslie could regain hurricane strength tomorrow over open ocean on its expected approach to Newfoundland.

As Leslie moves northward, swells kicked up by the storm will affect Bermuda, the US East Coast, the Canadian Maritimes, the northern Leeward Islands and the US Caribbean territories for the next couple of days.

Far out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Michael was a Category 1 storm, with maximum sustained winds of about 85mph, but was not considered any threat to land.

Michael was 1,020 miles west-southwest of the Azores and was moving west at 6mph. It was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by tomorrow.

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