Many people remain in the dark across the Maritimes due to powerful storm

Tens of thousands of people remain in the dark across the Maritimes due to a powerful storm.

The system brought a mix of rain, snow and strong winds to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI on Thursday, grounding flights and shutting down schools, businesses and government offices.

Social media images showed one Halifax house with its roof gone, and another building partially collapsed, while in New Brunswick, the snow was so heavy at times, it was impossible to see across the street.

Locally, the Salmon River bridge from Truro to Bible Hill (Main Street) was closed Thursdya night while crews responded to downed power lines, but it has since reopened. 

On Friday morning, many of the flights departing from the Halifax International Stanfield airport have either been delayed or cancelled up until 9:15 a.m. 

Marine Atlantic crossings between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia could be affected until Monday due to a powerful storm still moving through the area.

Spokesman Darrell Mercer says they're watching the forecast and conditions in the gulf closely, but some captains have already indicated that crossings could be affected for several more days.

He says the decision to sail is made by captains based on safety and passenger comfort.

During the overnight hours, about 94-thousand utility customers were blacked out in Nova Scotia in addition to more than 10-thousand in New Brunswick and about 20 communities in PEI.

With files from The Canadian Press.