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46K without high winds, heavy snow strikes P.E.I.



The winter storm dropped an electric cable across P.E.I., and it got worse.

Winter storm warnings remain valid for the entire province, and the weather has knocked out nearly 46,000 Maritime Electric customers. Before 9 in the morning it stopped fluctuating between 5,000 and 11,000, but then they jumped to 36,000, and at 9:45 a.m., 46,000.

Both the English and French school boards on the island were closed.

  • See the full list of cancellations at Storm Center.
  • Call your cancellation to 1-877-236-9350.

The Civil Service Office and the UPEI delayed the opening. Holland College campuses were closed for the day.

The Eastern Kings Community Center has opened a heating center.

Northumberland Ferries has canceled its voyage for the day and restrictions are imposed on the Confederation Bridge, with winds on the Northumberland Strait approaching 100 km / h. In an advisory issued on Wednesday, the Confederation Bridge said restrictions were possible until 5am Friday.

The conditions in Charlottetown are slippery and slippery. (Kevin Yarr / CBC)

Several flights at Charlottetown Airport were canceled or delayed.

RCMP in Queens County warned drivers to be careful, saying several vehicles were on the road in the Pleasant Valley area. The electricity came out in most of Charlottetown at 8 o'clock in the morning. Drivers must be aware that this means the traffic lights are not functioning.

Drivers are also being warned to avoid damaged electrical cables. It's reported on Route 2 on Summerside, between East Drive and Central Street, and others at O ​​& # 39; Leary Road in Springfield West.

Strong winds, heavy snow

CBC Meteorologist Jay Scotland says the big problem with this storm is the wind.

"The amount of snow is not too heavy – it is heavy enough to cause chaos – but the weight of the snow, and the combination of thick wet snow and strong winds have become real problems," said Scotland.

Cathy Lowe took pictures of these poles on Sherwood Road in Charlottetown on her way back from the night shift. (Cathy Lowe / Facebook)

The wind will blow as strong as 100 km / h during the day, and even at night will blow as strong as 80 km / hr.

Rebel officials report not only bad weather conditions, but in Prince and Queens districts there are electrical cables that fall on the road.

Power line crew on the road

Maritime Electricity has reported blackouts since 3am, and has had crew on the road since then.

Electric Maritime spokesman Kim Griffin said it was very helpful for people to call and provide information about what they got about the damage they saw, and especially about damaged power lines.

It was a candlelight breakfast for many Prince Edward Islanders Thursday morning. (Jessica Doria-Brown)

"It's better to call so they can explain it to us if there are other questions," Griffin said.

"[Downed power lines are] very important to us. They tend to be dealt with immediately. We classify it as an emergency, only so that we get them to ensure that they are not energized and there is nothing to do with them. "

Griffin said no one said at this point when electricity would be restored. Thick snow and strong winds are a bad combination to maintain electricity.

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