Maritime Electric continues to restore power for Islanders

Confederation Bridge was closed more than two hours, the ferries weren't running, the power was out, and some schools were delayed as high winds rocked Prince Edward Island on Thursday.

CBC's Queens County transmitter was knocked out this morning, though Island Morning returned to air

Snow was covering the ground in Charlottetown at 7 a.m. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

Confederation Bridge was closed more than two hours, the ferries weren't running, the power was out, and some schools were delayed as high winds rocked Prince Edward Island on Thursday.

Over 1,700 customers in those two counties were without power through the morning to around noon. By late afternoon the number dropped to roughly 800.

"The storm hit us much harder than anyone anticipated," said Kim Griffin, spokesperson for the utility company.

She said 27 crews are out trying to bring back power to those still in the dark.

"We're going to have crews working all night tonight to try and restore power. We expect to have the majority of people on tonight but there are going to be individual outages into tomorrow."

She estimated roughly 25 to 30 power poles were damaged or destroyed by the weather, largely the result of tall trees falling on lines.

Gusts gave Island a beating

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Queens and Kings counties at 6:13 a.m. — though both warnings have since been lifted.

Strong winds knocked out CBC P.E.I.'s Queens County transmitter, but Island Morning eventually went back on the air.

Falling temperatures changed the rain to snow in parts of the Island, and there were accumulations in some areas.

Brennan Allen at the CBC Weather Centre said bands of flurries lasted about two hours.

Confederation Bridge closed just after 6 a.m. It reopened with restrictions at 8:20 a.m. (Canadian Press)

Confederation Bridge was closed for several hours, and restrictions for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles were in place for several hours.

Some flights were delayed at Charlottetown Airport but now the airport is back on schedule.

With files from Island Morning