Lights out in the Maritimes (again)

Fourth major storm hits the region in as many weeks

Thousands of homes in the Maritimes are still without power after the fourth major storm battered Canada’s Atlantic Coast in as many weeks, intensifying the region’s economic woes. Heavy snow and strong winds descended on the area, and flights to and from Canada have been cancelled or delayed. On Tuesday, NB Power reported fewer than 9,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. And in Nova Scotia, where outages had affected up to 20,000 people, fewer than 2,000 were waiting to turn their lights back on. The full extent of the damages has yet to be assessed. But Bill Lawlor, the director of disaster management with the Canadian Red Cross in Atlantic Canada, said the toughest part of dealing with these storms lies ahead: “Winter’s here now, and we know that repair and reconstruction will be slowed down significantly by winter setting in.”

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