Rain, high winds lead to power outages in Halifax

Electricity restored to more than 6,000 customers in Halifax by Saturday night

Fallen tree branches litter the yard in front of the University of King’s College.   Leah Woolley

Widespread power outages hit Halifax on Saturday, as high winds and rain pummelled the province.

According to the Nova Scotia Power Outage Map, the outages in the Halifax area began on Saturday morning. By early afternoon, there were more than 6,000 businesses and homes in the south end without electricity.

Power was restored to most customers by 8 p.m.

Nova Scotia Power said on Twitter that crews had been working to restore power since the first outage was discovered. More than 100 crews were out in the province.

In another tweet, Nova Scotia Power said that crews could only work to restore power when winds gust lower than 80 km/h, due to safety hazards for the workers.

People affected by the storm around the province took to social media to share photos and complaints.

A low pressure system from the northeastern United States moved into Nova Scotia Friday night, causing high winds of up to 90 km/h and dropping between 25 to 50 mm of rain. Environment Canada said the wind and rain were heaviest in the southwest area of the province.

Environment Canada’s high wind and heavy rain warnings ended Saturday night.

Though the MacKay Bridge in Halifax was closed to high-sided vehicles early Saturday afternoon, it reopened around 1 p.m. Halifax Transit said on its website that buses were unaffected by the weather and would continue to operate on a regular schedule.

Several arriving and departing flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled or delayed.

This is the second round of power outages to hit Nova Scotia this month.

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