Storm Igor pum­mels east coast

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For­mer Hur­ri­cane Igor pelted east­ern Canada with heavy rain, flood­ing com­mu­ni­ties, wash­ing out roads and strand­ing some res­i­dents. Fore­cast­ers is­sued a trop­i­cal storm warn­ing and a hur­ri­cane watch for Igor on the coast of New­found­land.

The Cana­dian Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said Igor had trans­formed into a “post-trop­i­cal” storm, which has a dif­fer­ent struc­ture from a hur­ri­cane but still packs the same punch, as it drew en­ergy from an­other weather sys­tem to the west. The storm was bat­ter­ing New­found­land.

“This is not your nor­mal heavy rain­fall flood­ing. It’s hav­ing a ma­jor im­pact,” said Chris Fog­a­rty of the Cana­dian Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter. He said more than 8 inches of rain had fallen in some re­gions in a few hours.

Den­nis Shea of New­found­land prov­ince’s Emer­gency and Fire Ser­vices of­fice said that more than 30 com­mu­ni­ties had de­clared a state of emer­gency and that his of­fice was in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that a man was swept out to sea in east­ern New­found­land. Shea said 19 com­mu­ni­ties were iso­lated be­cause of washed-out roads.

Igor doggedly main­tained max­i­mum sus­tained winds near 80 mph.

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