Thousands Without Power after Tropical Storm Elsa Sweeps through the Maritimes

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  • The storm wreaked havoc in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick is calculated to have received the highest rainfall
  • Almost 25,000 consumers faced outages until 7 am in Nova Scotia

World: Drenching rain and blustery winds from post-tropical storm Elsa belted the Maritimes overnight resulting in widespread power outages in some areas. 

Thousands of homes and businesses endured power outages on Saturday after battling the tropical storm overnight. 

 The storm brought heavy rain to New Brunswick and high wind gusts to Nova Scotia. New Brunswick is calculated to have received the highest rainfall of 92 mm.  “A trough of low pressure gave periods of heavy rain along with isolated thunderstorms to portions of the province well ahead of the moisture associated with post-tropical storm Elsa,” the report said. “The combination of the two [led] to widespread rainfall amounts between 50 and 100 mm.” 

 Sources reported,  almost 25,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without power as of 7 a.m., many of whom are in the Halifax Regional Municipality.  The estimated restoration time for many of the outages is 2 p.m., according to the NS Power outage map. 

Prince Edwards Island also experienced high gusty winds and underwent an outage which recovered in a short time.  Much smaller outages are reported in the Charlottetown area of Prince Edward Island as well as the Moncton and Fredericton areas in New Brunswick. 

On Friday, Environment Canada had issued a rainfall warning for all of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, as well as western Newfoundland and parts of northern Nova Scotia.

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