Storm strands woman on Miller Lake island

A Halifax boater had to be rescued after bad weather stranded her on a lake island Friday evening.

Wind and rain disrupt power, transportation across Maritimes

High winds and rain knocked out electricity for 8,870 Nova Scotia Power customers Friday. (The Canadian Press)

A Halifax boater had to be rescued after bad weather stranded her on a lake island Friday evening. 

The woman was on a pontoon boat in Miller Lake near Fall River when conditions deteriorated and winds forced her boat onto an island.

Fire crews sent boats to rescue her and she was brought to safety a few hours later. She was cold and shaken, but unharmed. 

The high winds and rains knocked out electricity for 8,870 Nova Scotia Power customers Friday. 

In Halifax, several streets were closed and traffic was detoured on Granville Street after building material took flight and landed in the street.

In Dartmouth, a tree blew over and took power lines with it. The area was plunged into darkness. In Enfield, a truck suffered structural failure during the storm and wound up crunched like an accordion in the middle. 

A pedestrian was struck on Highway 214 in Elmsdale. The man was taken to hospital with moderate injuries. 

As of 9:44 p.m., 8,223 people were without power across the province. 

While it may be windy, it's also quite mild. CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said for a few hours Friday the highest temperature in the country was Kentville at 20 C.

Earlier in the day, it was Greenwood at 21 C.

Ferry crossings disrupted 

Rough sea conditions have caused the cancellation of some Marine Atlantic ferry sailings between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

The cancellation affects the 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. runs from Port aux Basques, N.L. and from North Sydney, N.S.

The ferry between Saint John and Digby is not running because of the winds.

The N.S.-P.E.I. ferry cancelled the 9:30 p.m. sailing from Caribou to Wood Islands, as was the 6:30 a.m. Saturday sailing from Wood Islands to Caribou. 

There is also a wind warning issued for the Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Officials say winds of 70 kilometres an hour and gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour in the forecast may result in traffic restrictions on the bridge.

The windy conditions are expected to last into Saturday.

With files from the Canadian Press