Most N.S. outages restored
The last wind warning for Nova Scotia was cancelled Monday afternoon, giving power crews a chance to reconnect thousands of customers.
The remnants of Irene blew through the Maritimes and Quebec late Sunday and Monday morning, bringing rain and high winds to much of the province.
By 7 a.m. Monday, nearly 18,000 homes and businesses around the province were without power. Outages stretched from Yarmouth to Sydney.
By late afternoon, just 450 Nova Scotia Power customers were still waiting to be reconnected.
Environment Canada lifted the wind warning for most areas by 11 a.m., when the large storm had moved north of the Gaspé Peninsula. But forecasters said people in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties could still expect wind gusts of up to 90 km/h in the afternoon.
Ferry service and most regularly scheduled flights out of Halifax Stanfield International had resumed by day's end. Two cruise ships extended their stay at the Port of Halifax as a result of Irene, bringing some 5,000 passengers into the city until Tuesday evening.
All provincial parks were scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m., Tuesday. They were closed Sunday as a precaution in advance of the weather. Department of Natural Resources staff said there was little damage to provincial parks.
Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, a day-use facility in Antigonish County, remains closed while a power line is repaired.