tropicana wrote:POST TS ARTHUR LEAVES MORE THAN 120,000 WITHOUT POWER IN MARITIMES
Sat Jul 5 2014
More than 120,000 homes and businesses in the Maritimes are without electricity Saturday morning as post-tropical storm Arthur makes its way into the region. The storm was downgraded from hurricane status with sustained winds of about about 110 km/h as it approached landfall in the Yarmouth area of Nova Scotia.
The number of power outages in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has climbed rapidly since the storm made landfall in Digby County around 7:30 AT. In Nova Scotia, more than 73,000 were affected by power outages as of 9:30 AT, stretching from Yarmouth in the southwest to Halifax and the Annapolis Valley.
In Neow Brunswick, the number of people without NB Power service more than doubled to 51,000 customers between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
The Fredericton region is the hardest hit in New Brunswick with 30,000 outages. More than 9,000 customers in the Woodstock area also lost power.
Outages in the range of 2,300 to 3,200 customers were reported in St. Stephen, Moncton and Rothesay.
The city of Fredericton was urging people to stay off ctiy streets and roads Saturday because of the number of trees down.
"If at all possible, residents are being asked to stay off the roads. If you have to be out on the roads, please use extreme caution," said a notice from city officials. "Trees are blocking roads; traffic lights are out in many areas of the city."
CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said the centre of the storm was over land by 7:30 a.m. AT. Coade said Arthur appears to have made landfall in the Digby County area north of Yarmouth, Winds ahead of the storm were gusting to 95 km/h at Baccaro Point in southwest Nova Scotia.
SoArthur is causing problems for you up in Canada and Nova Scotia. Thanks for the report and stay safe.