Feel­ing Les­lie’s wind

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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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

A ve­hi­cle nav­i­gates its way around a fallen tree on Ceme­tery Road in Clarke’s Beach.

Photo by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

The Fire Hall in Bay Roberts had some of its shin­gles blown off its roof.

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