31 OCT 2017: A powerful wind and rain storm moved along the east coast yesterday causing power outages in Maine, Quebec and Nova Scotia with travelling impeded due to closures of roadways, bridges, railways and ferry services.

More than 470,000 homes and businesses lost electrical power in Maine, and it could be a week before some people get their lights back on following the powerful wind and rainstorm.

The numbers are reminiscent of the great ice storm of 1998, which left 700,000 people without power, some for longer than a week.

The Portland airport recorded a peak wind gust of 111 km/h (69 mph) in the storm.

Central Maine Power said Monday the hardest hit counties are York, Cumberland, Kennebec, and Androscoggin.

Some stoplights aren't functional, making for treacherous driving. Other streets are flooded. Numerous schools were cancelled for Monday. Others were delayed.

The Amtrak Downeaster service cancelled a morning run due to downed trees on the tracks.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also had to deal with the bad weather in Quebec on his way to work Monday.

His office said there was some flooding on the street outside Trudeau's residence in the Gatineau Hills near Meech Lake.

A spokesman said that, in order to reach a street that wasn't flooded, Trudeau had to use an all-terrain vehicle and travel through some back roads.

Trudeau couldn't get to the motorcade that usallly brings him into Ottawa, which is normally about an hour's drive away, the spokesman said.


By early afternoon yesterday 180,000 clients were without power in Quebec with the winds being blamed for knocking down trees.  

A low pressure system moved from western Quebec to the north of the province where winds reached 90 km/h.

Hydro-Québec said 700 employees were working around the clock to fix problems in every part of the province, though 150,000 were stil without power Monday afternoon.


The storms caused the closure of Marine Atlantic and Bay Ferries in Nova Scotia. With winds exceeding 90 km/h vehicles such as motorcycles, buses and tractor-trailers were blocked from using the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and PEI.

The floating sea bridge on the Halifax waterfront was closed to pedestrians.

Power outages affected 2,6000 customers for a short time yesterday afternoon with Dartmouth being the hardest hit.

En route to Nova Scotia, the storm went through Quebec, leaving 210,000 customers without power.

Areas along the Atlantic coastline are under a special weather statement for the pounding surf and higher than normal water levels at high tide.

Environment Canada said that the winds could reach 150 km/h by the time it reaches Newfoundland.

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