Monday, January 17, 2022

Over 44,000 Nova Scotia Power Customers Without Electricity Amid Powerful Nor’Easter | CBC News

A powerful nor’easter working its way across the province on Saturday morning left more than 44,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity and canceled several flights at Halifax airport.

As of 11:36 am, the utility said 44,614 customers did not have electricity. The outages covered the entire mainland, with the largest concentrated in Bridgewater and Chester. A few hundred people were without power in Cape Breton.

In a news release issued Saturday morning, Nova Scotia Power said the company had more than 500 people in the area working to restore power.

It said winds reached 90 km/h along the south coast and Halifax and exceeded 120 km/h along the east coast.

Halifax transit service is suspended until Saturday afternoon, while a decision regarding Halifax’s municipal recreational facilities will be made at 10 a.m. All branches of the Halifax Public Libraries are closed for the day.

CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said the strongest winds were felt through the mainland in northern Nova Scotia, moving from Lunenburg to Sheet Harbor along the coast. He said that this morning strong winds will move east.

Simpkin said the mainland is expected to see an additional five to 10 centimeters of snow this morning.

This afternoon the snowfall will continue and the snowfall will continue. Winds gusting to 60 to 90 kmph are likely this morning. By this afternoon, wind speed will slow down to 40 km/h and gust speed will reach 70.

Today afternoon the temperature will drop to -13 C, with gust of wind will feel -28 C.

Five to 15 mm of rain and freezing rain are forecast for Cape Breton this morning, with 5-15 cm of snow expected later in the morning and afternoon.

This image shows recorded wind gusts in Nova Scotia until 5 a.m. Saturday. (Tina Simpkin/CBC)

Snow warnings have been issued for Victoria and Inverness counties. Today 5 to 15 cms is expected and tonight it is 5-15 cms.

Temperatures on the island will drop between -6C and -9C this afternoon, with a wind of -18 to -25.

Simpkin said the northwest winds will increase to 60 km/h and move to 100, but will gradually decrease tonight.

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