East Coast Snowstorm Hammers Canada

October 31, 2011; 4:15 PM
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The storm the dumped record-shattering early falls of snow in the eastern U.S. has also belted Atlantic Canada with heavy snow, soaking rain and high winds.

Thousands of homes were left without power, outages being spread across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and the island of Newfoundland, CBC News said on Monday. Early Sunday evening, more than 35,000 customers lost power in Nova Scotia alone.

Severe winds also forced the closing of the Confederation Bridge to high sided vehicles. The bridge links Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

High winds of 75 to 100 km/hr were clocked widely over the region. Winds near Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, rose to at least 133 km/hr at the height of the storm on Sunday.

Heavy snow over interior Newfoundland led to school closings on Monday.

Snowfall reached 10 to 20 cm from Gander to Deer Lake, Newfoundland. North Mountain, on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, received nearly 50 cm of snow.

Storm rainfall over the southern half of Atlantic Canada was commonly 25 to 50 mm as of Monday morning.

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