Friday, December 9, 2011

East Coast 'weather bomb' knocks out power, Canada - 8th Dec 2011

Pounding rain, high winds and the threat of heavy snow caused power outages in four provinces, school closures, ferry shutdowns and a rare total closure of Confederation Bridge.

In Nova Scotia, there were more than 30,000 homes and businesses without power at the height of the outages on Thursday afternoon. Hurricane-force gusts toppled trees and even a tractor-trailer.

Police closed Sydney's downtown shopping district because of flying debris.

In Dartmouth, police issued a warning to people to stay away from the downtown because of the danger of items falling off buildings.

All ferries from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland are tied up. Read More