Hundreds without power in Pictou County

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The lights are still out for several portions of Pictou County as Nova Scotia Power deals with the aftermath of post-tropical storm Arthur.

Carbbie J's Marina provides a safe port in the storm as Arthur works it's way through Pictou County.

As of 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, more than 90,000 customers across the province were still without power.

Restoration is expected by 11:30 p.m. tonight.

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Environment Canada held its second technical briefing on tropical storm Arthur Saturday morning, confirming the weather system made landfall in the province.

A spokesperson for the Canadian Hurricane Centre reported landfall took place just before 11 a.m. in the Meteghan-region, north of Yarmouth, bringing with it 110 km/hr winds and rainfall. The system is moving at a pace of 30 km/hr, slower than it was yesterday. It’s expected to exit the Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island region and move towards Newfoundland overnight before finally moving into the Atlantic Ocean, but for now it’s taking it’s time moving across the province.  

“Yarmouth is the highest wind area right now and some higher winds are still to come ” Chris Fogarty said. “It should ease off in an hour or two but will be a gradual easing off.”

Arthur is the first major storm system to barrel through the Maritimes this year, but storms of this potency are not uncommon this early into the season. In 2006 a storm appeared in mid-June, but was less powerful than Arthur. If Arthur is the beginning of a trend, however, it’s too soon to call.

“This could be very well the only storm of this strength, or there could be two more, Fogarty said.

Arthur’s path will steer it near Cape Breton, where weather warnings remain in place. 

Organizations: Environment Canada, Canadian Hurricane Centre

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Pictou County, Meteghan Nova Scotia-Prince Edward Island Newfoundland Atlantic Ocean Cape Breton

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  • Donna Gass
    July 09, 2014 - 07:00

    Why does'nt N.S. Power trim the trees along the power lines like they used to?