Post-tropical storm Lee made landfall late Saturday afternoon in Nova Scotia on Canada’s Atlantic coast, bringing rough surf and torrential rains.
The storm is producing sustained winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour and has knocked out power to almost 200,000 homes.
Swells generated by the storm are reaching as far as the Bahamas and Bermuda.
The destructive weather system has led US President Joe Biden to issue an emergency declaration for the state of Maine.
Forecasters expect the storm to weaken as it moves into New Brunswick and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.