Storm knocks out power to thousands

Nova Scotia Power opened its Emergency Operations Centre around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to respond to outages caused by the storm moving through the province.

The utility says trees falling onto powerlines caused most of the outages, as many parts of Nova Scotia saw wind gusts of up to 100 km/h.

Powerline and tree crews were positioned across the province in preparation for the storm, and have been working through the night to restore power.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power overnight.

Environment Canada said the storm was likely to dump between 20 to 30 centimetres of snow throughout New Brunswick.

Lesser amounts of snow were expected in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, but travel was still expected to be difficult in many areas to start the day.