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#2- Post-tropical storm Leslie in Newfoundland


Staff writers
December 30, 2012 — The Weather Network counts down the 10 biggest weather stories of 2012. #2- Post-Tropical Storm Leslie in Newfoundland.


The storm made landfall at low tide, a saving grace that spared communities along the province's southern shore
The storm made landfall at low tide, a saving grace that spared communities along the province's southern shore

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV at 8 pm ET tonight to see our full countdown of the Top 10 weather stories of 2012. 

Newfoundland is no stranger to powerful Atlantic storms. So when Leslie made landfall near the community of Fortune on September 11th, people were being assured it would be nothing like Hurricane Igor two years before.

That storm was the most destructive tropical cyclone on record to hit the province. 

Post-tropical storm Leslie was a lot more forgiving. Still, it unleashed hurricane force winds on the east coast and heavy rain in the west.

St. John's airport recorded winds gusting to over 130 km/h/ 

The storm cut power throughout the city, and along the southeastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula. 

In all, the electricity went out in about 100,000 homes at the height of the storm. Schools and municipal buildings were closed. 

Leslie also uprooted trees and caused minor roof damage.

The west coast saw significant amounts of rain, with more than 100 mm recorded in the community of Cow Head.

The storm made landfall at low tide, a saving grace that spared communities along the province's southern shore from damaging storm surge. 

There would have been more damage had Leslie gone ashore during high tide.

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