HALIFAX – Power crews are working to restore electricity in Atlantic Canada after an overnight storm slammed the region with driving rain and howling winds.
At one point this morning, more than 38-thousand customers in Nova Scotia were coping with blackouts.
Nova Scotia Power says it hopes to have most electricity restored this afternoon, though some areas in Cape Breton could be waiting until this evening.
Thousands of customers in New Brunswick were also plunged into darkness, as well as parts of Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The storm has forced the cancellation and delays of some flights and ferry sailings in the Maritimes.
Wind warnings remain in effect for parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Thursday.
Environment Canada is warning of gusts as high as 130 kilometres an hour in western Newfoundland.
Forecasters say between 50 and 110 millimetres of rain is expected along much of the island’s south coast.
The province’s Fire and Emergency Services is urging residents to be cautious around coastlines.
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