Maria marches into Newfoundland

Hurricane Maria over North Atlantic, 16 Sept 2011 (NASA)

Hurricane Maria (Category 1) made landfall this afternoon along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula near Argentia.

Top winds were clocked at 103 km/h which is no breeze in the park but it was much less than projected from Environment Canada.

As Maria raced across the Avalon toward St. John’s, she was downgraded to a tropical storm bringing heavy rains and high winds to the Newfoundland capital.

No major power outages and little damage from the storm were reported.

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