New Brunswick

Heavy rain and strong winds disrupt power, ferries, schools

Damaging winds and heavy rain started pounding parts of Atlantic Canada on Monday, forcing school closures, causing power outages and disrupting ferry service in New Brunswick.

NB Power reports more than 6,300 power outages in western New Brunswick

Gusting winds hit the Atlantic region on Monday and caused power outages and ferry disruptions in New Brunswick. (CBC)

Damaging winds and heavy rain pounded parts of Atlantic Canada on Monday, forcing school closures, causing power outages and disrupting ferry service in New Brunswick.

The Maritime provinces were expecting wind gusts reaching 90 kilometres per hour, before the system moved into western Newfoundland, where wind gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour are expected later Monday night.

As of  6:30 p.m.  AT, there were 6,328 customers without power in western New Brunswick, the majority in Carleton County.

A wind warning remained in effect for the Acadian Peninsula, with strong southeasterly winds gusting up to 90 km/h. The winds are expected to diminish and shift to the southwest later in the evening.

In addition, rough, pounding surf will continue along the Fundy coast and the southern coastline of the Acadian Peninsula, Environment Canada said.

Some schools in New Brunswick's Anglophone West School District dismissed classes early because of power outages.

Deer Island Community School and Lawrence Station Elementary School in the Anglophone South School District also closed Monday afternoon.

Because of high winds, the Kennebecasis Island and Westfield ferries had to stop running, and the Grand Manan Adventure remained in Blacks Harbour.

The national weather forecaster said up to 30 millimetres of rain could fall across the Maritimes.

Thousands of people in the U.S. were without power early Monday as the storm blew through the northeast.

Southern New England appeared to suffer the brunt of the storm damage overnight. Eversource reported more than 150,000 Connecticut customers were without power around 2 a.m. Monday.

National Grid also reported more than 130,000 customers were without power in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service said there were reports of downed trees and power lines around the region and roads that were impassable due to flash flooding.

The same storm system also caused problems in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

It started making its way up the East Coast on Sunday, which was also the fifth anniversary of superstorm Sandy.

That 2012 storm was blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S. and Caribbean and more than $71 billion in damage in the United States.

With files from The Associated Press