**Updated** Storm knocks out power to thousands, cancels or delays flights

**Updated at 7 a.m.**

An intense winter storm overnight has knocked out power to tens of thousands in Nova Scotia and cancelled flights.

Heavy snow, high winds and surf pounded coastal areas, though temperatures above freezing in many areas meant more rain than snow.

Nova Scotia Power's (NSP) outage website reported over 50,000 customers without electricity as of 4 a.m., with most in the Halifax Regional Municipality or Sydney.

Two major local outages stretch from Tatamagouche to Wallace and from just outside of Brookfield over to College Lake and down to Moose River Gold Mines.

In an update around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, NSP Storm Lead Sean Borden says, "Beginning at dawn, crews and damage assessors will work on identifying damage that occurred overnight at individual outage locations."

Nearly all departures from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled early Wednesday morning, though flights were expected to get back on track by 7:30 a.m., while many arrivals were delayed.

Environment Canada issued a slew of warnings for the Maritime provinces on Tuesday, most of which are still in effect.

Up to 25 centimetres of snow was expected in some areas starting late Tuesday and persisting through Wednesday, with wind gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour.