Maritimes cleaning up after post tropical storm Arthur ravages region
WATCH ABOVE: Post tropical storm caused significant damage to an RV park on the outskirts of Fredericton toppling a trailer, while a sinkhole opened up as well.
In the wake of post-tropical storm Arthur, crews are working around the clock to restore power to thousands across the Maritimes who woke up Sunday without electricity.
High winds and heavy rains toppled trees, and downed power lines knocking out power to more than 250,000 homes and businesses at the height of Saturday’s storm.
NB Power says more than 130,000 customers are still in the dark, with Fredericton being the hardest hit with more 50,000 outages.
Now that #Arthur‘s extreme winds have died down in NB, we’ll be able to safely send crews out to assess/ repair damage
— NB Power (@NB_Power) July 6, 2014
The utility tweeted they expect the majority of customers to be restored in the next 48 hours, but more remote areas could be without power as late as Wednesday.
In Nova Scotia, NS Power reports 96,000 people are without power as 9:00 a.m. AT. Nova Scotia Power said they restored power to 20,000 people overnight and expect most major outages to be restored by 11:30 p.m. AT Monday.
Environment Canada has lifted all storm warnings in the Atlantic region in the wake of the potent storm, with a few heavy showers lingering in Newfoundland.
Some communities have opened up public building to help residents affected by the torrential rains of post-tropical storm Arthur.
— City of Fredericton (@CityFredGov) July 6, 2014
In Fredericton, a reception and charging station has been set up at the city’s convention centre. The Red Cross will also be serving coffee and water.
Chris Fogarty, manager of Canada’s Halifax-based hurricane centre, said while New Brunswick did experience localized flooding, residents were lucky it wasn’t worse.
“They dodged a bullet in terms of the potential that was certainly there for some more extreme flooding,” said Fogarty.
The storm, which was downgraded from a hurricane, dumped more than 140-millimetres of rain on parts of New Brunswick, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
Meteorologist Doug Mercer said wind gusts topping 139-kilometres an hour were recorded in Nova Scotia.
Mercer predicts the storm’s eye will reach Newfoundland today before heading into the Labrador Sea.
The storm is continuing to weaken as it heads across the Gulf of St. Lawrence with winds of 80-kilometres an hour.
*With files from the Canadian Press
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