Winds hit 130 km/h
© Elizabeth MacDonald photo
Tropical storm Leslie left a path of destruction through Placentia and areas, which included downed trees, fences, some signs like this one near O’Reilly House Museum, siding and roofing being blown off homes, some window blow-outs and a very stormy ocean. There were no injuries during the storm that passed through the area Sept. 11, 2012 with winds that gusted up to 130 km/h.
Tropical storm Leslie left much of the Avalon peninsula without power for Tuesday, Sept. 11 as winds reached gusts of over 130 km/h in the region.
Although there were damages to individual homes, such as roofing and siding that peeled off homes, many toppled trees, and plenty of debris blowing around, there were no reports of injuries.
Placentia Mayor Bill Hogan said the town had learned from tropical storm Chantal in 2007, when the town of Placentia was hit particularly hard, and they were more prepared for the storm.
Mayor Hogan said the town employees had been clearing ditches and ensuring culverts were cleared in advance of the storm, which did not bring much rain. Otherwise, he said, it was up to individuals to prepare their homes by securing their property and making sure they were prepared for power outages and the like.
The storm began in the early morning hours with misty rain and very strong winds. Many people reported their power went out at around 7 a.m. and did not return until later that evening, near midnight.
The next day, Wednesday, the clean-up process began with plenty of residents outside clearing up the debris that landed on their properties, and sawing up wood that had been toppled from trees.
For more photos of the storm in the Placentia area, please see next week's edition of The Charter, or visit our photo gallery.