Weather bomb drops on Eastern Canada

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

A major highway closed, schools shut down, transit ground to a halt and thousands without power in Atlantic Canada Wednesday thanks a spring blizzard.

The highway connecting Truro, N.S., to Moncton, N.B. -- the main road out of Nova Scotia -- was shut down Wednesday.

Ferries stopped running between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Halifax halted all city transit and flights were cancelled across Atlantic Canada.

Watch these reporters get blown off camera by the 170 km/h winds.

Grand Etang, N.S., saw winds of 150 km/h, the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane. The Bay of Fundy had winds of 191 km/h, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.

More than 17,000 Nova Scotians lost power, as well as 1,600 New Brunswickers. Scattered outages were also reported in P.E.I.

The storm battered New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Wednesday afternoon before moving towards Newfoundland and P.E.I. in the evening.

Areas around Wreckhouse, N.L., are expected to see 180 km/h winds overnight.

The storm, dubbed a "weather bomb," has been moving up the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

 


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