High winds creating havoc around Amherst

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Tractor trailer blown off highway, power out

High winds have blown a tractor trailer off the highway near Amherst and knocked out power to most of the town.

High winds blew this tractor trailer off the highway near Amherst on Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: The Trans-Canada Highway across the Tantramar Marsh between Amherst and Aulac, N.B. is now closed to high-sided vehicles due to high winds.

FORT LAWRENCE – RCMP are urging motorists to exercise caution when travelling across the Tantramar Marsh.

High winds, gusting to 90 km/h, are creating treacherous driving conditions on the Trans-Canada Highway between Amherst and Aulac, N.B.

One gust blew a westbound tractor trailer off the highway into the ditch. The driver ecaped unharmed but the highway has been reduced to one lane while crews work to remove the rig.

Power is also out in most of Amherst and in portions of Cumberland County including River Hebert and Joggins and along the Northumberland shore between Tidnish and Port Howe.

Power is expected to be back on by 4:45 p.m.

The wind is expected to continue gusting out of the southwest to 90 km through the rest of the day and tonight.

The winds have also resulted in restrictions on high-sided vehicles using the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.


Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, River Hebert Joggins Northumberland Port Howe New Brunswick Prince Edward Island

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