Thousands of people were still without power Sunday as the post-tropical storm Lee gradually left the Maritimes, leaving behind a trail of downed trees and coastlines damaged by huge waves.
By midday Sunday, the storm had passed Prince Edward Island and entered the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it was expected to pass west of the Magdalen Islands and reach northern Newfoundland In the evening.
“Given that this is such a large storm, some areas will feel the winds for a few more hours… but certainly not as strong as they were when they approached the Maritimes, so they will continue to weaken,” said Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Center.
The storm has left large amounts of rain on eastern Gaspésie since Saturday morning. In general, it fell from 40 to 55 millimeters and even 113 millimeters in Gaspé. Around ten additional millimeters are expected on Sunday in this region, said Environment Canada. The rain will also continue on the North Shore, where 20 to 30 millimeters more are expected by this evening.
The town of Shelburne in southwestern Nova Scotia experienced the full fury of the storm when it hit Saturday and suffered flooding due to a strong storm surge in its harbour.
local time, nearly 13,000 homes and businesses in Bridgewater were still without power. Only Halifax reported more outages, at 16,000.
In Bridgewater and other nearby towns, fast food restaurants were doing brisk business as residents without power stopped for coffee, a hot meal and internet access. Marlene Ramey was among those enjoying their morning cup.
“I went to Tim’s and (cars in a line) were lined up all the way to the highway, but I wanted my coffee so I stayed! » she said, laughing.
Nova Scotia Power said about 800 people were working in communities across the province to restore power.
At the height of the storm on Saturday, about 277,000 customers were affected by outages in Nova Scotia, where winds toppled trees onto power lines.
On Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, which received more than 100 millimeters of rain, the village’s mayor, Bonnie Morse, said there had been no major flooding.
“There were a few swimming pools on the road, but nothing important justified closing the road,” said the mayor.
Although there were power outages, NB Power crews quickly restored power to most homes and businesses in the area, said Ms.me Walrus.
“Everyone is doing some cleanup today of fallen trees and branches, but for the most part we got through it pretty well,” she said.
In St-George, New Brunswick, the only indication that Lee crossed the area was at Canal Beach, where a metal dock had been dragged a few meters and lay partially submerged in the water.
Deborah Breau, who works at the toll booth at the nearby Blacks Harbor ferry terminal, said the storm was not as bad as she expected.
“She knocked down my fence and a few trees fell,” she testified.
In Halifax, authorities were taking stock of the damage caused by strong wind gusts Saturday and a storm surge that threw large rocks onto some coastal roads.
As the cleanup continued, the city was dealing with as many as 130 toppled trees as well as roads washed away.
“The roads still need work, but they are passable with caution,” said Erica Fleck, head of emergency management for the municipality.
She said excavators were brought in overnight to help clear debris from the road leading to Peggy’s Cove in particular, which was cluttered with large rocks and other debris.
“Our biggest problem right now is no power and intermittent cell and internet service due to Bell outages,” Fleck said.
For his part, Bob Robichaud affirmed that the storm Lee did not cause any surprises for weather forecasting experts.
“We were forecasting a strong tropical or post-tropical storm and that’s exactly what we got,” he said. We had winds over 100 kilometers per hour, but just below hurricane force. »
The storm was expected to dump between 30 and 50 millimeters of rain with the possibility of flash flooding and washouts. Showers should ease in the evening.