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63,000 without power in Maine as Lee makes landfall near U.S.-Canada border

About 63,000 utility customers in Maine are currently without power, according to Poweroutage.us., as post-tropical cyclone Lee made landfall in Nova Scotia in eastern Canada.

Lee made landfall on Long Island in Digby County, Nova Scotia at around 4 p.m. Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm will move across eastern Canada on Saturday night and Sunday.

Formerly a hurricane, Lee became a post-tropical cyclone Saturday because it no longer possesses the characteristics to be considered tropical.

Lee was producing winds of 65 mph on Saturday night and was expected to continue to weaken, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Lee was bringing heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding to parts of New England and Canada, leading to downed trees and power outages.

The storm, which was about 40 miles east-southeast of Eastport, Maine, was expected to bring an additional 1 to 2 inches over parts of western Maine and New Brunswick, the Hurricane Center said.

A “dangerous storm surge” was also expected to bring coastal flooding to Atlantic Canada and will be accompanied by “large and destructive waves” near the coast.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for all of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Magdalen Islands and across northern New Brunswick.

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