Ice and power outages disrupt weekend in Nova Scotia

On this wintry weekend that caused major power outages and left an icy mess, Wayne Hatheway now has an important task on his to-do list.

“Get these branches out of our house.” said Hatheway, who lives in Lucasville, Nova Scotia.

The entire Hatheway community, including his property, is covered in ice and shattered trees.

He lost his energy from Friday night to Saturday night.

“24 hours, 28 hours or something like that,” Hatheway said.

More freezing rain on Saturday in the Antigonish and Cape Breton areas shed even more power.

“In fact, 30,000 more people lost power yesterday afternoon; the total is now 120,000 and we are just under 20,000 without electricity.” said Matt Drover, leader of NS Power Storm, adding that the ice is making the job of restoring power extremely difficult. “And not just in one part of the province, the whole stretch of the province from Digby to Sydney.”

In Cape Breton, four comfort centers have opened to give people a place to warm up, have a hot drink and charge their phones.

“There’s at the 200 Center in Syndey, the Louisburg Fire Hall, the Gabarus Fire Hall and the Howie Center Fire Hall,” CBRM spokeswoman Christina Lamey said.

There are also established comfort centers in Beaver Bank and Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.

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