A powerful nor’easter working across the province has left more than 53,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without power Saturday morning and has canceled many flights at Halifax Airport.
9:41 AT said the utility said 53,683 customers had no electricity. The disruptions covered the entire mainland, with the largest concentrated in Bridgewater, Halifax and Chester. A few hundred people in Cape Breton were without power.
In a press release issued Saturday morning, Nova Scotia Power said the company had more than 500 people in the field working to restore power.
It said winds reached 90 km / h along the South Shore and Halifax and exceeded 120 km / h along the Eastern Shore.
Halifax Transit service is suspended until noon Saturday, while a decision on Halifax’s municipal recreational facilities will be made at 6 p.m. 10.00. All branches of Halifax Public Libraries are closed for the day.
CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said the strongest winds can be felt in northern Nova Scotia through the mainland, pushing to the coast from Lunenburg to Sheet Harbor. She said the strong wind will move east this morning.
Simpkin said the mainland can expect to see another five to 10 inches of snow this morning.
The snow will turn to showers, and snow drifts will be widespread this afternoon. Winds of 60 km / h are expected with gusts up to 90 this morning. This afternoon the wind will decrease to 40 km / h with gusts of 70.
The temperatures will drop to -13 C this afternoon, with wind chill making it feel like -28 C.
In Cape Breton, five to 15 millimeters of rain and frost is expected this morning, as well as 5-15 centimeters of snow later in the morning and into the afternoon.
Snowstorm warnings have been issued for Victoria and Inverness counties. Five to 15 inches are expected today, and another 5-15 tonight.
The temperatures on the island will drop to between -6 C and -9 C this afternoon, with a wind chill of -18 to -25.
Simpkin said northwesterly winds will rise to 60 km / h and gusts to 100, but will slowly subside tonight.
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