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Strong winds cause disruptions in the Maritimes


October 30, 2012 — The worst of Sandy's winds may be behind Maritimers, but on Wednesday they were still strong enough to prohibit some vehicles from crossing the Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward Island.

The Confederation Bridge was restricted to certain vehicles for about one hour Wednesday morning
The Confederation Bridge was restricted to certain vehicles for about one hour Wednesday morning

At about 5:30 a.m. local time, the Confederation Bridge was off-limits to certain vehicles due to strong winds. 

Vehicles including automobiles towing trailers, motorcycles and high-sided vehicles, including trucks, tractor trailers, recreational vehicles and buses were all prohibited from crossing the bridge. 

Officials say they had to restrict crossings due to stiff winds.

The winds were a part of the same system that brought strong winds  into parts of southern Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Monday into Tuesday, kicking up some rough surf.

Waves topped six metres off the coasts of those two provinces. At their height, the storm's wind gusts knocked out power to some 14,000 customers, although power had been restored to most of them on Tuesday. 

On Wednesday, moisture from Sandy will combine with existing systems to bring rainfall in excess of 50 mm to some areas, although most regions will only see about 20 mm.

Rainfall warnings are in effect for parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Be sure to tune in to The Weather Network on TV for all your latest forecasts. To see if there are any watches and warnings in your area, visit our Alerts page. 

With files from the Canadian Press


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