UPDATE | Widespread blackouts as Dorian continues march

Hurricane Dorian

Close to half-a-million people are without power after Dorian made landfall near Halifax.
     
As the storm closed in on the Maritimes, it strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 160-kilometres per hour.
     
However, it weakened by the time it came ashore near Sambro, Nova Scotia at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time.
     
Still, torrential rain, pounding surf and near-150-kilometre-per-hour winds were reported.
     
Images on social media show scores of upended trees in Halifax, a ripped-up waterfront boardwalk, flooded streets and flying debris.

Nova Scotia Power says the storm is the largest weather event the utility has ever responded to and that one-thousand personnel are ready to restore power -- as soon as it's safe for them to do so.

The storm is expected to move near or over western Newfoundland later today, before entering the North Atlantic later this evening.
     
But so far, no injuries are reported.