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Newfoundland braces for TS Leslie

Hurricane watch posted for Newfoundland as Leslie strengthens

MIAMI | September 10, 2012

Newfoundland province in Canada was on alert Monday as Tropical Storm Leslie moved up the Atlantic seaboard, forecasters said.

Leslie could reintensify to near-hurricane strength as it approaches Newfoundland, where the center is expected to move across the southeastern region Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. EDT forecast.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Newfoundland from Stones Cove to Charlottetown, the center said.

A tropical storm watch was issued for Newfoundland from Indian Harbor to Stones Cove and from Fogo Island to Charlottetown.

Leslie, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, was about 765 miles miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, moving on a north-northeast path at 17 mph, the center said.

Leslie also was expected to transform to an extratropical, frontal cyclone, as it approaches the Canadian Maritimes, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 from Leslie's center.

Swells along the U.S. and Canadian eastern seaboards and Bermuda could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, the center said.

Leslie is expected to generate between 2-4 inches of rain across Newfoundland.

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