Thousands in the dark after Dorian passes through the Maritimes


Post-Tropical cyclone Dorian is now over the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and has left thousands of people in the dark in New Brunswick.

The latest update from the Canadian Hurricane Centre, issued at 3:00 A.M. Sunday, has Dorian near the Magdalen Islands and weakening as it moves northeastward into the Strait of Belle Isle later today and east of Labrador tonight.

Rainfall warnings remain in effect for Bathurst and Chaleur Region and Miramichi and area, with the Acadian Peninsula under both a rain and wind warning.

CTV Atlantic's Chief Meteorologist Kalin Mitchell reports the peak winds in the province were felt in Saint John at 95 km/h with weather stations in Moncton reporting wind gusts of 94 km/h.

As of 7:00 a.m. Sunday, NB Power was reporting almost 54,000 customers without power, the majority of which are in the Moncton and Saint John areas.

The Canadian Press is reporting winds touching 140 km/h in Nova Scotia, with a weather station in Osborne Head, which is just east of Halifax, recording a gust of 141 km/h at 4:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia Power's online outage map showed almost 4000,000 residents without power shortly before 7:00 a.m.

Damage is said to be extensive, with video circulating on social media of a construction crane collapsing into the side of an apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax

Up to 700 members of the Canadian Forces will be fanning out across the Maritimes today to help restore electricity, clear roadways and evacuate residents in flooded areas following the wrath of Dorian.

The extent of the damage in New Brunswick is not clear, but so far there have been no reports of injuries.

(With files from CTV Atlantic's Kalin Mitchell and the Canadian Press)