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Power outages cause closures and cancellations as 'weather bomb' hits Halifax (3 photos)

Saint Mary's University has cancelled classes until 5 p.m. due to an earlier outage

Power outages are affecting thousands in the province as a "weather bomb" rolls through Nova Scotia.

According to Nova Scotia Power's outage website, as of 4:55 p.m., over 15,000 customers are without electricity, many of them are in the Halifax area.

The province's Emergency Management Office is reminding people to make sure appliances and tools are turned off when the power goes out.

Environment Canada had issued wind, rainfall and storm surge warnings for Halifax and much of Nova Scotia. At around 2:30 p.m., those warnings ended in western HRM. As of 4 p.m., a wind warning remains in effect for HRM east of Porters Lake.

Outages are causing some closures and cancellations in HRM.

SCHOOLS

Saint Mary's University has cancelled classes until 5 p.m., but says evening classes will proceed as normal.

Dalhousie University has had to close their Halifax campuses for the day. Afternoon and evening classes are cancelled.

TRANSPORTATION

Highway 101 is closed in both directions in the Windsor area.

Drivers who encounter traffic lights aren't working are required to treat the intersection as an all-way stop. 

There are also reports of localized flooding on some roads.

The MacKay Bridge has reopened to high-sided vehicles.

The storm has impacted some flights and Halifax Stanfield International Airport says passengers should check with their airline before leaving for the airport.

BUSINESSES

A number of NSLCs are closed due to power outages.

Some businesses have also had to close due to power outages, it may be best to call before heading out in the storm.

OTHER

Two cruise ships will be docked for the night along the waterfront. According to Port of Halifax spokesperson Lane Farguson, their overnight stay is storm-related.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

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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