Powerful nor'easter knocks out power, disrupts travel in Maritimes
Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:15AM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:41PM ADT
A powerful nor'easter slashed through the Maritimes, leaving thousands without power and disrupting highway and air travel.
Power crews were working to restore electricity Wednesday in Nova Scotia after wind gusts of over 100 kilometres an hour knocked trees onto power lines overnight Tuesday.
Nova Scotia Power said about 50,000 customers had been restored to the grid although 1,300 were still without power by the noon hour local time. Most of the outages were in the Halifax area.
"The worst of the storm is passed, but outages may still occur due to weakened trees falling onto power lines," said utility spokeswoman Caitlin Walker.
"Luckily the winds were powerful for relatively short moments of time last night so our crews were able to make great progress."
The utility said 134 crews including power line technicians, tree trimmers and damage assessors worked on the restorations.
There were fewer outages in neighbouring New Brunswick where about 2,800 customers were still without power early Wednesday. That number had fallen to under 900 by noon.
Fredericton native Barb Walls says she was worried about the future of her home at the height of the storm.
“I knew the house wasn't going to get knocked over or pushed down but it was different that way,” said Walls. “I was more than nervous. I was quite anxious and I couldn't sleep.”
The storm also brought a mix of snow and heavy rain to coastal areas of Nova Scotia and parts of Prince Edward Island and southern New Brunswick.
Heaviest snowfall was recorded in northern portions of New Brunswick which received about 30 centimetres.
That led to the closure of many schools across the province as well as a no-travel advisory for the Trans-Canada Highway from Grand Falls, N.B., to the Quebec border. It also led to some schools in New Brunswick to be shuttered.
The weather system resulted in travel restrictions on the Confederation Bridge, linking P.E.I. to the mainland. Traffic was reported as back to normal by 7 a.m.
There were also multiple flight cancellations at the Halifax airport early Wednesday.
Rain and freezing rain was forecasted for central and eastern parts of P.E.I.
RCMP in the Rocky Harbour area later reported whiteout conditions along Route 430 near St. Pauls. As a result police said a tractor-trailer had jack-knifed and multiple vehicles had become stuck in the snow.
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown.