|A transport truck is seen turned over in St John's, Newfoundland, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 due to high winds. (BUD GAULTON/STR/QMI AGENCY)
The lessons learned from Hurricane Igor two years helped Newfoundland and Labrador weather tropical storm Leslie, Premier Kathy Dunderdale says.
"(Our) municipalities, health care boards, school boards, all of our fire and emergency services, our policing agencies, the utilities ... they're all very pleased with the way they communicated ... how the protocols have worked so well that they have been improving on since Igor," she said at a news conference.
Power was still out in some areas of the province Wednesday afternoon, but services were slowly being restored as the cleanup began in earnest following the storm.
Newfoundland Power said its crews are working non-stop and expected to have power restored by 5:30 p.m. Thursday to all remaining 6,000 or so customers, mostly in St. John's and the southeastern part of the province.
The outages were playing havoc with traffic lights in St. John's and Mount Pearl, prompting to police to warn drivers.
"Motorists should use caution while driving this morning due to the amount of debris still in certain areas and traffic lights not functioning," the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said.
The City of St. John's posted a cleanup program advising residents how and where to dispose of the "large volume of debris" that includes trees, fencing, decks and siding.
Winds gusting up to 137 km/h whipped power lines, uprooted trees and tore roofs off homes for several hours Tuesday.
More than one transport truck was overturned on the Trans Canada Highway.
Rain poured down at a rate of 25 millimetres an hour in some areas, and coastal waters surged, with waves as high as 10 metres reported.
But on Wednesday Marine Atlantic was able to resume ferry service, which it had suspended Monday.
In spite of the dramatic damage, including a Corvette swallowed up and crushed by a wooden shed, it could have been much worse. Hurricane Igor in Sept. 2010 - the most powerful storm on record in the province - caused an estimated $200 million in damage and was responsible for the deaths of three people.