Storm Igor pummels east coast
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.