Wild weather hits Atlantic Canada

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Dangerous conditions and power outages continued Wednesday morning in Atlantic Canada as wild weather continued to lash the region.

Around 4,900 customers in New Brunswick were without power Wednesday afternoon, while about 1,000 Nova Scotia customers who’d lost power overnight had their service restored early in the morning.

"A broad area of low pressure southwest of the Maritimes will remain nearly stationary (Wednesday) and Thursday," Environment Canada said in its early morning forecast.

Heavy rainfall warnings were in effect across Nova Scotia. In Halifax, the rain caused reduced visibility and "treacherous" driving conditions, police said. Flooding shut down a 1.5-km stretch of the Bedford Highway. Environment Canada said the area could see 60-100 mm of rain, possibly up to 150 mm in some areas. Much of New Brunswick was under a winter storm warning, which is issued when "multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together."

"Hazardous winter conditions" in the Acadian Peninsula were going to bring winds gusting up to 90 km/h and dump between 30 and 40 cm of snow by Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Saint John, N.B., and area bracing for "torrential" rain likely to cause flash flooding and water pooling on roads.

Prince Edward Island was also under rainfall and wind warnings, with gusts up to 90 km/h expected to cause damage. Winds could reach up to 120 km/h Wednesday evening and possibly hit 140 km/h Thursday in parts of southern and western Newfoundland. Ferry service between Nova Scotia and P.E.I. was disrupted, and police and transportation officials advised drivers to be cautious and avoid travelling if possible.