The downgrade came the same day Nicholas blew ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses.
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Major cities like Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax have been retaining temperatures of close to 20C, and forecasters say they are expected to climb.
Nicholas was already bringing heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges to portions of the central and upper Texas coasts, the National Hurricane Center said Monday.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the entire peninsula, which includes St. John’s.
The state energy grid operator called for voluntary conservation of electricity from 4-9 p.m. because of expected high demand for air conditioning.
The Coast Guard has been conducting flyovers off the coast of Louisiana looking for spills and is providing information to authorities responsible for cleaning the sites.
Planes or helicopters are used if a wildfire is burning too intensely to send in ground forces, or if aircraft are the best way to deliver water or retardant.
At least 16 deaths deaths were blamed on the storm in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The toll was highest in New Jersey, where at least 25 people perished in heavy rains that began late Wednesday.
The Associated Press first reported the possible spills Wednesday after reviewing aerial images of the disaster zone taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Buildings have collapsed and transit has been disrupted in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, where Ida has weakened to a tropical depression but remains a threat.
However, the disasters are killing far fewer people, the report says. It comes during a disaster-filled summer globally, including extreme wildfires in Canada.
The number of wildfires burning in British Columbia had dropped to 225 as much of the province experiences cooler weather with some rain on Tuesday.
The storm killed at least two people in the state, officials said, a death toll that may have been much larger if not for a fortified levee system around New Orleans.
Ida ravaged the region’s power grid, leaving hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents in the dark with no clear timeline on when power would return.