Winter storm cuts power to thousands of Nova Scotians


Many Nova Scotians spent Saturday cleaning up after a mixture of heavy and wet snow, rain and high winds hit the area.

Slippery roads have resulted in collisions across the province. In Cape Breton, a transport truck jacked up and slammed into a railing before ending up in Bras d’Or Lake at around 10 p.m. Friday.

RCMP say the driver of the truck got away with minor injuries.

“He managed to escape the transport truck before it was submerged,” said the RCMP corporal. Chris Marshall. “He was treated on site and then transported to hospital. “

A truck driver escaped with minor injuries after his vehicle slipped off the road and threw itself into Bras d’Or Lake on Friday. (Photo: Michael Macinnis)

A truck driver escaped with minor injuries after his vehicle slipped off the road and threw itself into Bras d’Or Lake on Friday. (Photo: Michael Macinnis)

THOUSANDS LEAVE IN THE DARK FOLLOWING THE STORM

Weather conditions have caused widespread power outages in the province. At the height of the storm, 80,000 customers were in the dark. Nova Scotia Power said at 11 a.m. on Saturday that crews had restored power to 84 percent of all customers who lost service.

“We have about 400 people – power line technicians, forestry workers, damage assessors and others – on the ground across the province to respond to this storm,” said Sean Borden, Nova Scotia power storm manager. in a press release. “We also have hundreds of others working behind the scenes to support the restoration efforts. Our teams and crews will continue to work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible. “

Nova Scotia Power said areas like Clare, Digby, Bridgetown, Kingston and Coldbrook were hit by large amounts of heavy snow combined with high winds overnight. While parts of the east coast and Cape Breton have seen some of the strongest winds in the province at over 100 km / h.

LIFTING OF THE PARKING BAN IN HALIFAX

In a press release, the Halifax Regional Municipality said cleanup operations were active in all regions, with an emphasis on priority roads. Depending on the city, most of the main arteries are clear and passable.

The ban on overnight parking in winter has been lifted in zone 1 – central and zone 2 – non-central.

Green wagon pickup services for Halifax, Sackville, Fall River, Waverley, Cole Harbor, Westphal and Cherry Brook, which were previously scheduled for Friday January 7, will take place on Friday January 21 instead, due to the storm.

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