Feeling Leslie’s wind
It was not as destructive as Hurricane Igor in 2010, but many in the Trinity-Conception region say tropical storm Leslie on Sept. 11 brought winds the likes of which they hadn’t seen since the mid-1950s. The storm downed utility wires, caused power outages, snapped trees and peeled siding and roof shingles. Leslie also closed schools and disrupted health services in the region. Some businesses were also closed, and in some places it took several days for power to be restored. But the region escaped the flooding and washouts and property damage that accompanied Igor two years ago. Sustained winds speeds in the region were clocked well in excess of 100 kilometres per/hour. Here are some images of the aftermath.
Power line technician Brian Pinsent of Broad Cove, Trinity Bay completes repairs to a line on Water Street, Carbonear mid-afternoon on Sept. 11.
A vehicle navigates its way around a fallen tree on Cemetery Road in Clarke’s Beach.
Bruce Sheppard of Harbour Grace removes a piece of aluminum siding from a satellite dish after tropical storm Leslie ripped the material from the side of the house. The home at the corner of Water Street and College Lane is owned by Sheppard’s neighbour, Lloyd Reid.
Cupids resident Bob Bishop (left) sizes up the situation after a 60-foot poplar tree toppled onto his driveway. He is shown with neighbours John Mahoney (right) and Shawn Mahoney. Bishop planted the tree nearly 40 years ago.
Newfoundland Power workers tend to a downed transformer next to Sergio’s Ice Cream in Bay Roberts. The top of the pole blew off during tropical storm Leslie.
The Fire Hall in Bay Roberts had some of its shingles blown off its roof.