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Arthur's aftermath: Widespread power outages and flooding

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 9:25 AM -


TUNE IN: Chris St. Clair and Nathan Coleman will be reporting from New Brunswick. Watch regular updates on TV, and send us your on-scene pics if it's safe to do so.


There's no rest this Sunday for power crews working around the clock to restore electricity to large swaths of the Maritimes.

Post-tropical storm Arthur was no longer a hurricane when it made landfall in Nova Scotia Saturday morning, but it was still very powerful, packing winds of more than 100 km/h in parts of that province, while dumping more than 100 mm of rain on parts of neighbouring New Brunswick.

The result: widespread flooding in that province, along with road washouts and power cuts to more than 130,000 people by Sunday morning. 

In Nova Scotia, where 100,000 customers were without power, the rains were less but the winds were stronger. There were reports of injuries from flying debris.

In Prince Edward Island, where more than 4,000 customers were without power, the Confederation Bridge was closed for a time to high-sided vehicles, thanks to very powerful winds that, in a handful of places, were actually higher than the 118 km/h threshold for a Category 1 hurricane.

The torrential rains that washed New Brunswick not only made for flooding, but also washouts along some local highways.

Arthur has now moved into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but it's still packing a punch.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre said the storm was around 75 km/h west-northwest of Port-aux-Basques, Nfld., with winds of 75 km/h.

Rough surf is to be expected ahead of Arthur as it moves into western Newfoundland on its way to the Labrador sea.


VIEWER VIDEO: See the best shots of Arthur as it lashed the Maritimes on Saturday, and upload your own shots to our website.


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