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Powerful winds blow through Atlantic Canada downing trees and disrupting ferry services

Staff with the Halifax Regional Municipality dispose of a downed tree on Oct. 16, 2018. Reynold Gregor/Global News

Powerful winds are disrupting services in parts of Atlantic Canada as an intense weather system blows through the region.

Marine Atlantic ferries were on hold and some Newfoundland communities were postponing garbage collection as the wet and windy fall storm moves in from the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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The eastern portion of the island could see wind speeds of 90 kilometres an hour, while peak gusts could reach 140 km/h on the southern Avalon peninsula.

The area could see 20 to 40 millimetres of rain as well.

Environment Canada issued weather alerts for all of Newfoundland, parts of Labrador and much of New Brunswick, which could see wind gusts up to 80 km/h.

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As of 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday roughly 13,818 New Brunswickers were left without power. NB Power and emergency services responded to a home in Moncton after a tree fell on a nearby gas line.

Nova Scotia Power says they have 15,967 customers without power in the province as of 10:30 a.m.

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In northern Nova Scotia and throughout P.E.I., the agency says possibly damaging winds could gust to 90 km/h and that people should be watching for tree branches and loose objects.

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