Wind, rain warnings in effect for most of N.B.

Wind and rain warnings are in effect for much of New Brunswick as a major storm moves through the area.

Power outages possible as winds could reach 100 km/h

Wind and rain warnings are in effect for much of New Brunswick as a major storm moves through the area.

NB Power has been responding to outages throughout the day. As of 2 p.m., there were more than 600 NB Power customers in the province without electricity. Most of those were in the St. Stephen area.

The strongest winds are expected this evening along the Bay of Fundy from Saint Stephen to Moncton where gusts could reach 100 km/hour.

New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization issued an advisory. Director Greg MacCallum says people should be prepared.

Rain and wind warnings are in place for most of New Brunswick (Environment Canada radar)
"Everyone is going to get some rain, there's no doubt about that but the south half of the province in particular could see significant rainfall amounts," he said.

"And, of course, it's all accompanied by lots of wind and pounding surf along the Fundy coast so we're paying attention to all of these things," he said.

EMO advisory is to make sure people are ready for what could be severe weather and its impacts.

"We have to anticipate in weather like this the possibility at least of power outages and people should be prepared to deal with those," he said.

"What we're concerned about first of all is that people are self-sufficient, they've prepared their properties as best they can so that you know you don't have localized flooding issues around the home, take care of storm drains and stuff."

The 4 p.m. sailing of the Princess of Acadia ferry from Digby and Thursday's 9 a.m. sailing from Saint John are both cancelled.

Flights in and out of New Brunswick's airports are also delayed or cancelled and travellers are advised to check in advance of a scheduled arrival or departure.

Schools were closed in the Anglophone West school district today and the Francophone South schools in Fredericton and Oromocto due to icy road conditions.