HALIFAX - The cleanup continues on Wednesday morning after a powerful storm moved through the region Tuesday, knocking out power to over 34,000 homes in the Halifax-area during its peak Tuesday evening.
The heavy snow coupled with gusty winds made for a slick commute home Tuesday afternoon before power outages started to pile up across the region after dinner time.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, roughly 15,000 homes in the Halifax-area and 51,000 homes across the province were without power because of the high winds and snow.
Nova Scotia Power has 700 employees dedicated to storm response and said in an update early Wednesday morning that power had been restored to 70,000 homes who had previously lost power during the storm, with winds of up to 80 km/h posing a challenge for crews.
The utility said it planned to identify damage at dawn on Wednesday in order to get a better idea of what it is dealing with.
Most power is expected to be restored by Wednesday, according to Nova Scotia Power, although restoration times vary from Wednesday morning to the night.
The weather and outages led to a number of afternoon and evening cancellations and closures in the Halifax-area as well. Most businesses, schools and government offices expected to re-open on Wednesday morning as usual.
Numerous flights were cancelled or delayed at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The flight schedule returned to normal operation on Wednesday morning, save for a few cancellations for flights scheduled to take off before 8 a.m.
A winter storm watch and wind warning had ended for Halifax early Wednesday morning but the area remains under a storm surge warning and gusty winds are expected to continue throughout the day.
Provincial government offices are open on Wednesday morning but employees are asked to call ahead if they believe their office has been affected by a power outage.
HRM is also encouraging residents to call ahead to recreation facilities on Wednesday morning to check on the status of programming.