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Leslie exits Newfoundland; Michael kaput

Sept. 11, 2012 at 8:47 PM

MIAMI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Leslie hit Newfoundland Tuesday then zipped into the Atlantic as a post-tropical cyclone, while Michael lost its tropical storm status, forecasters said.

Leslie's biggest impact on the Canadian province was leaving about 45,000 households without electricity. The storm also felled trees and left buildings and homes without roofs and siding, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

But by afternoon, Leslie, while still churning out 70 mph winds, had been designated a post-tropical cyclone as it departed the region at a 45 mph clip, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said, and the CBC said Canadian officials had lifted the weather warnings for Newfoundland.

By 11 a.m. EDT, the center of the storm, at one time a Category 1 hurricane, was already about 130 miles north-northwest of St. John's, Newfoundland, as it headed to the north-northeast.

The hurricane center said the storm, which had tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 345 miles, would remain strong for another day or two out over the Atlantic.

Michael, on the other hand, had disintegrated into a remnant low by 5 p.m. EDT out in the northern Atlantic. Once a small-but-powerful Category 3 hurricane, the storm was centered about 1,025 miles west-northwest of the Azores and moving to the north-northeast at 31 mph. Its maximum sustained winds were 40 mph.

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