10/31/2011 04:00 EDT | Updated 12/30/2011 05:12 EST

Winter Storm Kills Power To Thousands In Eastern Canada, Maritimes


HALIFAX - Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Monday after a powerful storm lashed the East Coast, shutting down schools and damaging property.

An unseasonably early snowstorm that pounded the U.S northeast Sunday made its way into parts of Atlantic Canada as mostly wind-whipped rain.

Most of the power outages were in Nova Scotia, where some 35,000 customers were without power late Sunday after strong winds brought down tree limbs and power lines.

The number of outages was dropping steadily by early Monday.

For drivers, the weather proved to be both messy and dangerous throughout the Atlantic region.

Flooding was reported in some areas while police in Newfoundland urged drivers to ensure roads were plowed before venturing outside.

In P.E.I., poor road conditions were cited by police as a contributing factor in a fatal crash that killed a man near Pooles Corner.

Property damage was also reported including at a yacht club in Sydney, N.S., where a boat broke from its moorings and ended up on the opposite side of the harbour in a rocky area.

Police said some houses had also been damaged by falling trees.

Forecasters had been calling for up to 60 millimetres of rain in most of Nova Scotia and up to 15 centimetres of snow in parts of western New Brunswick.

By late Monday morning, only a wind warning remained in effect for Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula. Forecasters said wind gusts up to 110 kilometres an hour would die down by the afternoon as the storm moved out to sea.