**UPDATED** Strong winds cause power outage in Atlantic Canada

news-update

**Updated at 12:17 p.m.**

NB Power is reporting more than 45,000 customers are without power across the province.

Nova Scotia Power is reporting around 18,600 people are in the dark there.

**Updated at 9:46 a.m.**

Strong winds have pulled down power lines across southern New Brunswick and parts of Nova Scotia.

NB Power is reporting more than 9,000 homes and businesses are without power.

About 9,000 are without power in Nova Scotia.

Environment Canada has issued wind warnings and special weather statements for much of the two provinces, P.E.I. and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Today's forecast is calling for winds gusting between 90 and 110 kilometres per hour in southern New Brunswick, western and northern Nova Scotia, all of Prince Edward Island and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The winds are expected to diminish this afternoon or early evening as a cold front moves in.