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High winds knock out power in Halifax area

Nova Scotia Power has activated its Emergency Operations Centre
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The Wave sculpture along the Halifax Waterfront during a snow storm (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The storm slamming into Nova Scotia on Tuesday is leaving some without electricity.

As of 4:45 p.m., over 10,000 customers in the Halifax area are without power, including outages on the peninsula, in Clayton Park, Harbourview and one stretching from Spryfield down beyond Ketch Harbour.

Drivers who encounter traffic lights that aren't working are required to treat those intersections as all-way stops.

Nova Scotia Power has activated its Emergency Operations Centre.

It says it has a team of power line technicians, field supervisors, forestry crews, planners, damage assessors, engineers, safety and communication experts, and customer care representatives are ready to go for today's storm.

“We are expecting significant heavy wet snow, rainfall and winds up to 100 km/h across the province,” said Lia MacDonald, Vice President, Transmission, Distribution and Delivery. “We want our customers to know we are ready, and we are responding as it is safe to do so.”

The utility also brought in contractors from New Brunswick to help with the response.

“We are working with Nova Scotia Public Health to ensure all safety protocols are in place to protect our crews and customers,” MacDonald said in a news release. 

“Contractors from New Brunswick have been isolating in their hotels while they wait to complete mandatory COVID testing before they are deployed to assist in power restoration.”

Outages can be reported through Nova Scotia Power's outage map or by calling 1-877-428-6004.

"If you lose power, turn off and unplug electrical equipment, such as televisions and computers to prevent damage when power is restored," the utility recommends.

The snowfall has cancelled school in the Halifax area, and Halifax Regional Municipality will be enforcing the parking ban overnight into Wednesday.

Halifax Water is asking residents, if they're able, to clear catch basins near their homes to help prevent flooding.



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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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