Post-tropical storm Arthur batters N.S., N.B.

The eye of Hurricane Arthur is seen over the Atlantic in this photo from the International Space...

The eye of Hurricane Arthur is seen over the Atlantic in this photo from the International Space Station tweeted by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA/Handout via Reuters

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

Clean-up efforts have gotten underway after post-tropical storm Arthur battered Atlantic Canada Saturday.

Roads and bridges were closed, trees were knocked over and scores of homes and businesses were in the dark Saturday due to heavy rains and high winds.

Rain was expected to continue to fall in New Brunswick into the evening after parts of the province saw slightly more than 130 mm.

In Nova Scotia, wind gusts near 120 km/h were reported and there was widespread tree damage.

More than 100,000 customers in Nova Scotia and more than 109,000 more in New Brunswick were without power Saturday evening. Crews were hoping to restore power overnight, but NB Power said some remote areas could be in the dark until Wednesday.

There were 4,700 without power on Prince Edward Island, while Hydro-Quebec said 20,695 homes were without power Saturday evening.

High winds forced the closure of the Confederation Bridge to most vehicles and drivers were told to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Airlines issued travel advisories to customers warning of flight delays and cancellations due to the weather.

Police in Halifax were warning residents to be extra cautious after receiving reports of people being injured by blowing debris and falling tree branches.

The municipality was also warning people to stay away from beaches after receiving reports of people on the rocks in Peggy's Cove.

"Bad idea - not safe to swim or be near water today," Halifax Regional Municipality tweeted.

Arthur was the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and hit the southern end of North Carolina's Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Reuters reported. The storm rattled homes, flooded roads and knocked out power, but Gov. Pat McCrory said no one was killed or injured.

 


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