MIAMI, Sept 11, 2012 (AFP) - Tropical Storm Leslie made landfall on the eastern Canadian island of Newfoundland on Tuesday, a spokesman for the US-based National Hurricane Center. "It's in (ashore) but the weather is north of it. And there is no eye," forecaster Dennis Feltgen told AFP noting that it was near but below hurricane strength. The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour, was expected to sweep over Newfoundland later Tuesday morning before moving back out into the Atlantic and churning north, the NHC said. In their 1200 GMT advisory, the forecasters predicted "hurricane-force wind gusts" in parts of Newfoundland and said the storm would cause "life-threatening surf and rip conditions" along the coast.