Winter storm dampens holidays in Atlantic Canada, cuts power in Nova Scotia

Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter storm-Nova ScotiaA winter storm has dampened the holiday spirit in Atlantic Canada with violent winds.


It ended up disrupting travel plans and left a large number of Nova Scotians without power on Christmas Day. An intense low-pressure system had made its way from Bay of Fundy to the Gulf of St. Lawrence.


Though there was precipitation that had appeared to taper off in a few areas, heavy winds continued to lash against a major portion of the East Coast through Monday evening as asserted by Environment Canada.


In Nova Scotia winds were rushing up to about 110 kilometres per hour ans were about to spread east prior to diminishing overnight, as reported by the weather agency.


The power utility of the province reported fewer than 74,000 residents who were affected by power outages about 10 p.m. local time.


Many of them were concentrated along the south shore.


A spokesperson of Nova Scotia said that the uprooted trees have snapped power lines and broken utility poles. Furthermore strong winds have made it unsafe for crews to function in many areas.


She said that while they have been making efforts to continue with the restoration efforts they would be bringing in 60 additional power line crews including contractor crew members from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as added by Matthew Drover who is the storm lead of the utility.


He said that 350 frontline personnel would be working to restore the service by Tuesday.


But even with the extra crew members, the utility estimates that a majority of customers would get the power back by Wednesday noon.


The Nova Scotia RCMP has requested drivers to be vigilant and exercise ‘extreme caution’ while they are on the roads as some of the roads have been coated in slippery layers of ice following a bout of freezing rain.


Many of the social media users complained that the power outages had played spoilsport in their Christmas celebrations.


Meteorologists said that the blowing snow is likely to minimize visibility in various parts of the region.


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