Maritimes in cleanup mode after post tropical storm Arthur ravages region

Hurricane Arthur is seen in this National Hurricane Center satellite floater image at 11:45 a.m. ET, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (NOAA)

HALIFAX - There is a lot of cleaning up to do across much of the Maritimes after post-tropical storm Arthur roared through the region.

Many trees were toppled and power poles were snapped, blacking out more than a-quarter of-a-million homes and businesses during the height of the storm yesterday.

Crews are working around the clock to restore power to about 130-thousand customers in New Brunswick, and more than 100-thousand in Nova Scotia.
Some customers have been told it will likely be a few days before they're re-connected.

Canadian Hurricane Centre meteorologist Doug Mercer says the storm dumped more than 100-millimetres of rain on parts of New Brunswick.

Mercer says the highest wind gusts were recorded in Greenwood, Nova Scotia at 139-kilometres an hour - the equivalent of a Category-One hurricane.

The storm is continuing to weaken as it tracks northeast across the Gulf of St. Lawrence with winds of 80-kilometres an hour.

Mercer predicts the storm's eye will make landfall today in western Newfoundland before heading into the Labrador Sea.

He adds by that time, its winds should be down to 70-kilometres an hour with gusts to 80.

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