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Thursday, March 27, 2014

From Whiteout Wednesday To Cleanup Thursday

Yesterday's big storm lived up to all the hype and won't be forgotten for some time. The Saint John area got battered and was virtually closed down by early in the afternoon. 

City Police are trying to clear the streets and highway ramps of all of the abandoned vehicles that got stuck in the snow drifts, estimated at around 30. The tow trucks had to be taken off the roads because the whiteout conditions got too dangerous but they're now back on. 

Drivers who abandoned their vehicles are being called and if they don't get them out of the way, they're being towed. Something like 7 vehicles were abandoned along Highway 1 between Musquash and Lorneville. Police say even some tractor trailers got stuck. The highway was closed but has since been reopened to one lane in each direction. 

Winds were gusting up to 91 kilometers an hour and will remain strong today. Andy Firth of Environment Canada tells CHSJ News another storm system is heading our way on Sunday which might have significant snowfall but it's too early to say how much we'll get.

We also have a warning to pass on after a traffic light at the corner of Sydney Street and King Square North was damaged and it is in danger of falling because of the strong winds. Repairs can only be made when the wind dies down. 

Saint John Energy is reporting all power has been restored after three outages last night on the west side. As of early this morning, NB Power was reporting more than 15 hundred homes and businesses are without electricity in the Rothesay region with most of them in Quispamsis, Titusville, Bains Corner and Browns Flat. There's no word on when the power will be back on. 

Both sailings of the Princess of Acadia are cancelled today.

The first three flights of the day departing for Toronto, Montreal and Halifax have been cancelled. The rest are on time and all arrivals today are on time.