Valentine's Day storm rocks Atlantic Canada

(QMI Agency files)

(QMI Agency files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Atlantic Canadians are celebrating Valentine's Day amid school closures, dangerous road conditions and widespread power outages as a powerful winter storm rocks the region.

"Thunderstorms crossed western Nova Scotia and parts of southern New Brunswick in the predawn hours Friday," Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham said. "A high wind threat continues across the region, especially coastal Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland, including the Avalon."

Newfoundland's Avalon region could see wind gusts up to 120 km/h, while Cape Breton and Wreckhouse, N.S., could see 150 km/h winds.

New Brunswick is expecting another 25 cm of snow and winds of 90 km/h.

Storm surge warnings were issued in many coastal areas.

 

Nasty in Port aux Basques today. pic.twitter.com/WWHvtL9oX1

— Hotel PortauxBasques (@Hotel_PaB) February 14, 2014

About 4,700 Nova Scotia Power Customers were without power Friday morning and schools were closed across the province.

In New Brunswick, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University were closed for the morning.

Friday marks the second day of stormy weather in the region, and another storm is expected to strike over the weekend.


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