More than 53,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without power in mighty northeast

A mighty northeast sweeping through the province left more than 53,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without power Saturday morning and canceled many flights at Halifax Airport.

As of 9:41 a.m. TA, the utility said 53,683 customers had no power. Outages spanned the continent, with the largest concentrated in Bridgewater, Halifax and Chester. A few hundred people in Cape Breton were without power.

In a news release Saturday morning, Nova Scotia Power said the company had more than 500 people on the ground working to restore power.

He said winds reached 90 km/h along the South Shore and Halifax and exceeded 120 km/h along the East Shore.

Halifax transit service is suspended until noon Saturday, while a decision on Halifax municipal recreation facilities will be made at 10 a.m. All branches of Halifax Public Libraries are closed for the day.

CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said the strongest winds were felt in northern Nova Scotia across the mainland, pushing up the coast from Lunenburg to Sheet Harbour. She said the high winds would shift east this morning.

Simpkin said the continent can expect to see an additional 5 to 10 centimeters of snow this morning.

The snow will change to showers and there will be blowing snow this afternoon. Winds of 60 km/h gusting to 90 are expected this morning. This afternoon, the wind will slow to 40 km / h with gusts reaching 70.

Temperatures will drop to -13C this afternoon, with the wind chill making it feel like -28C.

In Cape Breton, 5 to 15 millimeters of rain and freezing rain are expected this morning, with 5 to 15 centimeters of snow later in the morning and afternoon.

This image shows gusts of wind recorded across Nova Scotia, beginning at 5:00 a.m. AT Saturday. (Tina Simpkin/CBC)

Snow squall warnings have been issued for Victoria and Inverness counties. Five to 15 centimeters are expected today, and another 5 to 15 tonight.

Temperatures on the island will drop to -6C to -9C this afternoon, with a wind chill of -18 to -25.

Simpkin said northwest winds will increase to 60 km/h and gust to 100, but will slowly decrease tonight.

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