Leslie lashes Newfoundland

Trees uprooted in St. John’s, NL, 11 Sept 2012 (CP photo)

Post-tropical storm Leslie touched down in Newfoundland today with hurricane-force winds on the province’s east coast and drenching rains in the west.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the centre of the storm made landfall in Fortune on the Burin Peninsula at around 8:30 am local time.

The potent storm buffeted areas around St. John’s with winds gusting up to 131 kilometres an hour, causing damage to roofs, roads and widespread power outages.

Waves reached 10 metres at an offshore buoy.

Schools were closed, many government offices shut down and airports cancelled flights.

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