Parts of County still without power after nasty storm

Justin Dickie
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Residents and businesses throughout Cumberland County remain without power this afternoon after a nasty thunderstorm hit this area early this morning.

Most of central Nova Scotia and Cape Breton were without power at some point this morning due to lightning striking lines in the areas.

Wallace, Tatamagouche, Springhill, Oxford, and surrounding areas still didn't have electricity early this afternoon.

Parts of County still without power after nasty storm

CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Residents and businesses throughout Cumberland County remain without power this afternoon after a nasty thunderstorm hit this area early this morning.

Most of central Nova Scotia and Cape Breton were without power at some point this morning due to lightning striking lines in the areas.

Wallace, Tatamagouche, Springhill, Oxford, and surrounding areas still didn't have electricity early this afternoon.

"We've had a storm that began overnight. It's a dynamic situation that's still going on. We can expect some more this afternoon," said Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Glennie Langille. "We've been very, very busy since about one o'clock this morning. We've moved extra crews into the central part of Nova Scotia because that's where we were having a lot of the activity."

Langille said high winds and heavy rain have not played a role in the outages.

Linda Libby, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the storm began with a moist unstable air mass and warm temperatures on Wednesday. The storms formed in Maine and slowly moved across New Brunswick into Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. "It's not uncommon to have these types of storms in the summer and the conditions were perfect for it," Libby said. Libby said the area could be in line for more storms before a cold front brings cooler, drier air for the Canada Day weekend. Linda Darragh was one of many Amherst residents that had trees fall on their property overnight. She said the storm woke her up because the wind and rain was so strong and believes it was a heavy gust that snapped the tree. She was just glad the tree on her Rupert St. lawn didn't hit her car or the neighbouring house.

"It looked just like a hurricane," she said about the early morning weather.

Mark Goodwin of the Amherst Fire Department said the only weather-related call they received last night was to a small telephone pole fire caused by lightning at the corner of Clarence and Agnew Streets around 4 a.m.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Environment Canada, Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Cape Breton Oxford Maine New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Amherst Clarence

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