Wind storm knocks out power to thousands in N.S., hits some internet service in N.L.

HALIFAX – Thousands of people across Nova Scotia are without power this morning as a nasty wind and rain storm sweeps across the Maritimes into Newfoundland and Labrador.

As of 10 a.m. local time Nova Scotia Power was reporting 103 outages affecting more than 4,300 customers from Lunenburg in the southeast of the province to hardest hit Cape Breton in the north.

About 500 hydro customers were without power in Newfoundland and Labrador, mostly in the Avalon Peninsula.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says power was mostly restored on Sunday morning, but crews were on the scene of a broken conductor that has caused an outage in Harbour Breton due to the weather conditions.

In addition, a spokeswoman for Eastlink said there was an internet service outage on the island and that repair crews were working on the problem.

The company says its cell phone service wasn’t impacted.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were spared any major outages as the storm system crossed the region overnight.

Wind warnings issued by Environment Canada remain in effect for Cape Breton, the western half of P.E.I., and most of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The federal agency is forecasting maximum gusts of up 90 kilometres an hour in Cape Breton and P.E.I., and even more powerful winds of 100 to 120 kilometres an hour for Newfoundland and along the coast of Labrador.

The high winds are expected to persist into the early evening, bringing with them below freezing temperatures that could result in a mix of rain and snow in some areas.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 13, 2022.

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