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Winter Storm Blasts the Maritimes

February 26, 2010 — The Maritime provinces are dealing with snow, rain, freezing rain and WIND. There's also a risk of flooding. Here's Shelley Steeves with what happened today.

Here we go again! You can bet that's what people in the Maritimes are thinking today.

Yet another winter storm is pounding the region. This time, the story is heavy rain, snow and freezing rain. Not to mention wind. We've received calls on our Storm Line from residents in Nova Scotia who are comparing the wind to what they felt during Hurricane Juan.

There was a widespread of power outages reported this morning. From Yarmouth to Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, nearly 15,000 people woke up with no electricity this morning. After getting their power restored this afternoon, residents are now back in the dark. As of 9:10 tonight over 20,000 people were without power in Nova Scotia.

This will mainly be a rain event for the province, but there will be a lot of it. Up to 100 millimetres of rain could fall in some communities. As a result, the government is warning people to be ready for possible flooding. Big waves are also possible in some Atlantic coastal areas.

In New Brunswick, all schools in districts 1, 2, 11 and 16 were closed today. We're calling for a mixed bag of weather throughout the province and in PEI, with heavy snow being the biggest story.

Make sure you tune into The Weather Network on TV. Our StormWatch coverage will bring you all the latest updates on watches and warnings.

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