UPDATE: Power outages continue to plague Cape Bretoners

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SYDNEY, N.S. — Freezing rain and high winds resulted in many Nova Scotia Power customers being without service Monday in Cape Breton.

At peak, thousands of customers are affected, in areas including the Cheticamp area, Margaree and Isle Madame.

The longest lasting outages are in the Cheticamp area, where power is expected to be restored by around 5 p.m.,

In the Sydney area, among the areas affected are Albert Bridge to Morrison Road, Louisbourg, Big and Little Lorraine, Mira Gut, Hornes Road, Homeville, Round Island, Catalone, Main-a-Dieu, Bateston. They are expected to be restored by about 12:30 p.m.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Neera Ritcey said the combination of freezing rain and ice accumulation was behind the outages, as they can result in lines sagging and coming into contact with tree branches. She added crews were working to resolve the outages as promptly and safely as possible, but were also hampteder by poor road access and travel conditions in some areas.

About 11:30 a.m., there were 4,900 customers in the province without power.

Cape Breton Post staff


(Earlier story)

Power outages, travel delays as spring continues to evade Atlantic Canada

The Canadian Press — Halifax

Crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers as more nasty weather hammers storm-weary Atlantic Canada.

At one point today, more than 15,000 customers were without electricity in New Brunswick, with the majority in Bouctouche and Shediac.

Nova Scotia Power also reported outages affecting more than 9,000 customers caused by high winds and freezing rain.

A number of flights in the region have been delayed or cancelled, and RCMP are warning drivers of slick roads covered in slush, ice and water.

Environment Canada says a slow-moving storm is expected to impact all four Atlantic provinces today and Tuesday with a mix of freezing rain, snow, and in some cases, ice pellets.

Forecasters say more than 40 centimetres of snow could fall on Newfoundland’s south and east coasts.

Lesser amounts are expected in New Brunswick, central and western P.E.I., and northern Nova Scotia.



Organizations: Shediac.Nova Scotia Power, RCMP, Environment Canada

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada, Bouctouche Newfoundland

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