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Thousands of Nova Scotians lose power as a result of the storm

Nova Scotians lose power

Key Takeaways:

  • Some schools and ferry routes were forced to close due to power outages.
  • There were over 25,000 outages at their peak on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday morning, a powerful storm with heavy rain and high winds knocked out power for thousands of Nova Scotians, closing some schools in the Halifax area and canceling some ferry runs across the province. The Clayton Park area of Halifax, Dartmouth, and New Ross and parts of the Annapolis Valley experienced the most outages.

According to Nova Scotia Power’s website, only a few outages remained as of 10 p.m. Leah Ray, who lives in north-end Halifax, said the storm woke her up around 3:20 a.m. AT.

“The most horrifying noise awakened us. I thought our roof was about to collapse. We jumped out of bed and looked out the window, where we saw the tree had fallen, “Ray stated.

Heavy rain and storm in Nova scotia
Heavy rain and storm in Nova scotia; Image from Irishtimes

A large tree limb fell across her driveway, shattering the windshield of her neighbor’s car. The Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, from Halifax east, was still under a rain warning Tuesday morning.

A total of 30 to 50 millimeters of rain was expected in Cape Breton when the storm passed Tuesday afternoon. All counties east of Porters Lake remained under a wind warning Tuesday morning, with southerly gusts ranging from 90 to 100 km/h.

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Due to power outages, several schools canceled classes on Tuesday. After power was restored, ferry service resumed shortly after 7 a.m. local time Tuesday at the Alderney and Woodside ferry terminals in Dartmouth.

Halifax Transit used shuttle buses to transport passengers to the Halifax ferry terminal from both terminals. On Tuesday morning, the weather forced Northumberland Ferries to cancel two crossings between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. In contrast, Marine Atlantic canceled crossings between Newfoundland and North Sydney, N.S., for the second day in a row.

Bay Ferries has also canceled its Tuesday morning crossing between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia.

Environment Canada also issued a particular weather statement for the entire province. A low-pressure system will bring more than 15 centimeters of snow from west to east Wednesday evening through Thursday.

Source: CBC News

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