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Storm knocks out power to thousands across Nova Scotia

Tuesday, December 7th 2021, 1:00 pm - Power outages forced the cancellation of some schools and ferry runs

A powerful storm that brought heavy rain and high winds knocked out power this morning for thousands of Nova Scotians, cancelling some schools in the Halifax area and ferry runs across the province.

As of 1:30 p.m. local time, about 450 customers were without power. At its peak Tuesday morning, there were more than 25,000 outages.

The biggest outages were in the Clayton Park area of Halifax, Dartmouth and New Ross, as well as parts of the Annapolis Valley.

According to Nova Scotia Power's website, it could be 2 p.m. local time before customers within the largest outage areas are restored, and 11 p.m. for those in some of the smaller outage areas. .

CBC: It could be hours before thousands have their power restored. (Paul Palmeter/CBC) It could be hours before thousands have their power restored. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)


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Leah Ray, who lives in north-end Halifax, said she was awakened by the storm at about 3:20 a.m. AT.

"We woke up to the most horrific noise. I thought our roof was coming off. We jumped up out of bed and looked out the window and saw the tree down," said Ray.

A large limb of a tree fell across her driveway, smashing the windshield on her neighbour's car.

The Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia, from Halifax eastward, remained under a rainfall warning Tuesday morning.

Several schools have cancelled classes Tuesday because of power outages.

Ferry service resumed shortly after 7 a.m. at the Alderney and Woodside ferry terminals after power was restored. Halifax Transit deployed shuttle buses to transport people from both the Alderney and Woodside ferry terminals to the Halifax ferry terminal.

A total of 30 millimetres to 50 millimetres of rain was expected by the time the storm tapered off Tuesday afternoon in Cape Breton.

All counties along the Atlantic Coast east of Porters Lake remained under a wind warning Tuesday morning, with southerly gusts of between 90 km/h and 100 km/h.

Several schools cancelled classes Tuesday because of power outages.

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Ferry service resumed shortly after 7 a.m. local time Tuesday at the Alderney and Woodside ferry terminals in Dartmouth after power was restored.

Halifax Transit deployed shuttle buses to transport people from both terminals to the Halifax ferry terminal.

Intense winds caused this scaffolding to blow over in Halifax on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network). Intense winds caused this scaffolding to blow over in Halifax on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Nathan Coleman/The Weather Network).

The weather forced Northumberland Ferries to cancel two of its crossings Tuesday morning between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia, while Marine Atlantic cancelled crossings between Newfoundland and North Sydney, N.S., for a second day in a row.

Bay Ferries also cancelled its Tuesday morning crossing between Saint John, N.B., and Digby, N.S.

The entire province was also under a special weather statement from Environment Canada. Wednesday evening through Thursday, a low pressure system is expected to bring possibly more than 15 centimetres of snow, spreading from west to east.

According to the national weather service, there is some uncertainty with the track of the storm, but the Atlantic Coast is expected to see the highest snowfall amounts.

This article war originally published for CBC News.

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