Newfoundland braces for Tropical Storm Leslie

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) - Canada's east coast is bracing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Leslie, which is expected to make landfall Tuesday in Newfoundland, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Monday.

The center said Monday that Leslie could make landfall as a hurricane or a strong tropical storm. Forecaster Bob Robichaud said wind gusts could reach up to 49 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour) in the Cape Breton area and up to 62 mph (100 kph) over the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland.

Weather warnings are in place for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The storm was located about 366 miles (590 kilometers) northeast of Bermuda by mid-Monday morning.

Leslie's outer bands buffeted Bermuda on Sunday with gusty winds and rain that caused little damage. The Bermuda Police Service said there were no reports of any major damage or injuries. Far out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Michael was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by Tuesday.