Power has been restored after Elsa caused thousands of disruptions in the Maritimes.




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Thousands of homes and businesses regained power Saturday morning as post-tropical storm Elsa blew across the Maritimes overnight. The storm dumped heavy rain on New Brunswick and strong winds on Nova Scotia, causing more than 50,000 power disruptions in both provinces.

According to Sean Borden, storm leads for Nova Scotia Power, employees were forced to stand down Friday night due to strong winds but have since been able to restore power to over 40,000 customers across the province. The wind caused severe disruptions in Bridgewater, Coldbrook, Halifax, and Truro as Elsa traveled east through the province, according to Borden.

According to Environment Canada, the Halifax region had wind gusts of 83 km/h, while the Cape Breton Skyline Trail experienced winds of 100 km/h. As of 10:30 a.m. AT, around 5,500 Nova Scotia Power customers were still without power, the majority of whom were in the central area.

According to the NS Power outage map, the estimated restoration time for several of the outages is between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday. Heavy rain also knocked out around 1,000 NB Power customers early Saturday, although most had power restored by 9 a.m. AT.

According to preliminary Environment Canada rainfall totals, Miramichi had the most rain in New Brunswick, with 92 mm dropping. High gusts reaching 70 km/hr prompted a number of power outages on Prince Edward Island, many of which have now been restored.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for the whole provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, as well as western Newfoundland and parts of northern Nova Scotia, on Friday. The meteorological service has also issued a tropical storm warning for the majority of Nova Scotia.

The majority of the warnings were withdrawn Saturday morning, although a rainfall warning remains in force for northern Newfoundland.