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article imageHeavy snowfall leaves thousands in Nova Scotia without power

By Karen Graham     Jan 30, 2016 in Environment
Halifax - Thousands of people in Nova Scotia were left without power, and Nova Scotia Power estimates it could take to midday Sunday before electricity is restored to many homes, some who have been without power since Friday.
The nor'easter moving past Atlantic Canada's coastline on Friday caused messy weather conditions in Nova Scotia, with rain, accumulating snow, and rain turning to snow.
By Friday evening, the weather began to deteriorate with heavy, wet snow and winds gusting to 70 km an hour in some places. By Saturday morning, some 52,000 homes were without power, and the snow was deep. At the peak, 67,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Beverley Ware noted Saturday that the nor'easter was still interfering with crews ability to repair downed lines. She told CBC Canada that crews had worked through the night, restoring power to about 15,000 customers, but the heavy snow on the power lines continued to cause additional outages.
Road crews have been working around the clock to clear and salt roads, some of which received as much as 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow. The inaccessible road conditions in some areas have made it difficult for the power company to get to downed lines.
Global News is reporting the utility company's Paul Casey said they were working with transportation department crews in getting access to sites that have sustained damage. He added that power line technicians and tree-trimming crews with Emera Utility Services and New Brunswick were helping.
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