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Storm blows out power and floods roads

01/12/2014 08:20 EST | Updated 03/14/2014 05:59 EDT
More than 9,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without electricity Sunday morning after a night of high wind and heavy rain.

Several roads are closed in New Brunswick due to flooding. 

The N.S. Power outages map shows dark patches concentrated around the Bedford-Fall River area, with other pockets from Liverpool to Cheticamp. A total of 9,082 customers are out as of 8:39 a.m. Estimated restoration times range from 11:30 a.m. in the Halifax area to 4 p.m. in the New Glasgow area.

High winds and heavy rain are being blamed for all of the outages. A utility pole caught fire in the Burnside Industrial Park, resulting in Isley Avenue being closed. 

Fewer than 100 people are without power in New Brunswick. Saint John has seen flooding and the city has closed Rothsay Avenue, Paradise Row, Simpson Drive and FairvilleBoulevard.

Four men were rescued in the city's Partridge Island. The men had walked over the breakwater to the island, but got stuck when the weather worsened. Fire crews got them off the island and they were treated for hypothermia. 

The community of Riverside Albert, just south of Moncton, is under a boil water order Sunday morning because heavy rains overwhelmed the water-treatment systems. The order affects about 350 people and could last until mid-week. 

There are no reported outages on P.E.I. 

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