Atlantic storm Lee, which made landfall near Maine and Maritime Canada, has weakened and is predicted to disappear early this week, according to officials. The storm, which brought destructive winds and heavy rains, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with sustained wind speeds of 45 mph and higher gusts expected. Power outages were reported in Maine and parts of Canada, but the situation was improving. Storm surges were also expected to subside, and rainfall was expected to be minimal. However, the storm did claim one life in Maine after a large tree limb fell on a vehicle during high winds. Another driver suffered minor injuries when a tree fell on his windshield. The storm caused some damage in Bar Harbor, Maine, where a whale watch vessel broke free of its mooring and crashed ashore. Authorities worked to prevent a diesel fuel spill from the vessel. In Nova Scotia, the storm flooded coastal roads and caused the cancellation of all flights at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Despite its weakening state, Lee still posed a threat with hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge. Another tropical storm, Nigel, was strengthening but not expected to impact the US or Canada. Overall, Lee was not as severe as previous storms like Superstorm Sandy in 2012, but it still caused disruption and anxiety in the affected areas.
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