Widespread power outages and damage in N.S. from Dorian

Dorian heavily damaged parts of the Halifax waterfront Saturday (Bruce Frisko/CTV Atlantic)

Hundreds of thousands of Nova Scotians are without power after Dorian slammed into the Maritimes, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and bringing down power lines.

As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Nova Scotia Power was reporting outages affecting almost 400,000 of its customers. Even with upwards of 1,000 NSP personnel -- including powerline technicians, forestry crews, planners, damage assessors, engineers, supervisors, communication staff, and customer care representatives -- some people could be without power for a couple of days. 

The post-tropical storm made landfall at Sambro Creek, N.S. around 7 p.m. Saturday, but lashed the region for hours ahead of coming ashore.

A weather station at Osborne Head, which is just east of Halifax on the Atlantic coast, recorded a gust of 141 kilometres per hour at 4 p.m.

The Truro Police Service says a few trees came down in Truro during the storm, but they've received no reports any significant damage. The province's Emergency Management Organization said Saturday evening there were no fatalities or serious injuries related to the storm.

In Pictou County, TIR says West Branch Rd. is closed due to downed trees, which will be addressed Sunday morning.

In Cumberland County, RCMP say Route 321 in Rockley is washed out near civic address 7940, while trees and power lines are across the road on Highway 6 in Amherst Head.

The Mounties say Kolbec Rd. in Mt. Pleasant Cumberland County is also washed out, while a section of Highway 6, near Pugwash, has been damaged, too.

A crane collapsed in downtown Halifax before Dorian made landfall on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 (CTV Atlantic photo)

A crane collapsed in downtown Halifax before Dorian made landfall on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 (CTV Atlantic photo)

Damage is extensive in parts of Halifax, with numerous trees down, blocking city streets and falling on homes and vehicles. The roof of at least one apartment building in the city's south-end was torn off, prompting evacuations.

Footage shared on social media showed a construction crane collapsing into the side of an apartment building under construction on South Park St. in the city's downtown. 

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has announced the federal government would provide assistance, with Canadian Forces troops mobilizing to assist with the recovery.

Up to 700 military members in Atlantic Canada were preparing to deploy as early as Sunday morning.

~ With files from The Canadian Press

A tree blocks the northbound lane on Robie Street near the corner of Cunard Street in Halifax. The tree was knocked over by high winds from Hurrican Dorian blowing across the Halifax Common. (Todd Battis/CTV Atlantic)

A tree blocks the northbound lane on Robie Street near the corner of Cunard Street in Halifax. The tree was knocked over by high winds from Dorian blowing across the Halifax Common. (Todd Battis/CTV Atlantic)