'Many, many trees' on power lines lead to outages in Alberton, O'Leary

About 1,400 Maritime Electric customers are without power as a winter storm blasts P.E.I.

Crews working overnight to restore power in West Prince

Rain on old snow is making for messy conditions. (Submitted by Marie Shartner Gilchrist)

About 1,400 Maritime Electric customers are without power as a winter storm blasted P.E.I., with about 90 per cent of the power outages in Alberton and O'Leary.

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Maritime Electric said 20 crews are working in the area, as well as two crews of tree trimmers. It expects crews will work into the night, and possibly into the early morning to restore power.

"Many, many trees have come down on our lines," the utility said in an e-mail.

Maritime Electric said the icy conditions led to downed trees on power lines, leading to power outages — many in West Prince. (Submitted by Maritime Electric)

Freezing rain fell for hours overnight, followed by rain and strong winds. The rain is making it difficult to keep salt on the roads to melt ice. Conditions are particularly bad in eastern P.E.I., with icy roads and lots of standing water.

Public schools closed Wednesday on P.E.I. as heavy rains fell and strong winds blew.

Maritime Electric reported 600 outages overnight, but that number was down to about 20 before a major outage hit western and central parts of the Island.

Heavy rain on top of old snow led to standing water issues in Charlottetown. (Laura Meader/CBC)

Provincial civil service offices closed in West Prince with delayed openings in other areas. UPEI and Holland College also closed.

High-sided vehicles were prohibited from crossing Confederation Bridge for about eight hours overnight due to strong winds. The bridge later reopened to all traffic.