UPDATE: TCH washing out underneath pavement in South Branch Area

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The Trans-Canada Highway in the South Branch area will remain closed for the time being due to road damage, Port aux Basques RCMP say.

The Department of Transportation is working in the area and the length of the road closure is unknown at this time.

The Trans-Canada Highway has been affected by the high water levels, causing the road to be washed out beneath the pavement. Repairs to the road will not be able to be started until such time as the wind and rain subside.

Engineers with the Department of Transportation are presently on scene and assessing just how much damage has been done. Damage at this time is considered to be extensive, with the road eroding from flooding in the area.

 

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(Earlier story)

Crews working to repair storm-related outages in Atlantic Canada

Weather system battering Newfoundland and Labrador today

 

A storm that lashed Atlantic Canada with driving rain and high winds left thousands of customers without power.

Crews were working this morning to restore electricity in Nova Scotia, where more than 38,000 customers were coping with blackouts at one point.

Fewer than 5,000 customers were without power in New Brunswick by early morning. Outages were also reported in parts of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Winds could be heard howling throughout the night in Halifax, where power was knocked out in parts of the city including its downtown.

The storm also forced the cancellation of some flights and ferry sailings in the Atlantic region. The confederation bridge between P.E.I. and New Brunswick restricted certain vehicles, including tractor-trailers and buses, from crossing the span due to strong winds.

The storm is expected to continue hammering Newfoundland and Labrador today, with winds gusting up to 130 kilometres an hour on the island’s west coast and 160 km/h in the Wreckhouse area.

Environment Canada is also warning of high waves and pounding surf along the south coast of the province, where upwards of 110 millimetres of rain is expected.

A related story from western Newfoundland can be read by clicking HERE.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fire and Emergency Services issued a statement Wednesday urging residents to be cautious around coastlines, particularly in the southwestern corner of the province.

In Labrador, snowfall warnings are in effect in Labrador west, the Churchill Falls area and Nain.

Because of the high winds and seas, Marine Atlantic has cancelled ferry service today between Port aux Basques and North Sydney, N.S.. The MV Sound of Island is also tied up because of weather, leaving Bell Island commuters without ferry servce today.

In fact, the Department of Transportation and Works advises that most vessels in the provincial ferry fleet are stormbound due to high winds and it is possible that service could be suspended for the remainder of the day.

An intense low pressure system is producing south to southeasterly winds gusting to over 100 kilometres per hour and these high winds are expected to persist into this evening.

Ferry users are advised to check with their local ferry service for updates.

Winds at St. John's International Airport were gusting up to 84 km/h this morning.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Fire and Emergency Services, International Airport

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Newfoundland and Labrador Halifax St. John's

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  • sparky
    November 28, 2013 - 14:03

    We in CBS are going to have the same trouble if the HOLES in the Asphalt are not repaired & left alone for a year or so! The Manuals Highway at Fowlers Rd has had hole for a year now & no-one cares or bothers until there`s a bad accident & then its time to point fingers!!