Thousands without power as wet weather continues across Nova Scotia –

The largest outages are in areas near northern Cape Breton, near North Sydney, East Lawrencetown and New Glasgow.

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Nova Scotia Power crews work on lines in Seaforth, N.S., on Tuesday morning. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

About 9,500 homes are without power this morning in scattered outages across the province, as a wind and rain storm moves through the region. 

As of 10:25 a.m., the largest outages were in areas near northern Cape Breton, areas near North Sydney, East Lawrencetown and New Glasgow, according to the Nova Scotia Power website. At its peak, more than 12,000 customers were without power this morning.

The utility said it could be 11 p.m. before service is restored in some areas.

Some schools were closed, including all schools in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education and the Strait Regional Centre for Education. For a full list of school cancellations, please visit CBC’s Storm Centre.  

The storm is now moving across Cape Breton and P.E.I., then on to Newfoundland

More rain coming

CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said another 10 to 20 millimetres of rain is expected for mainland Nova Scotia today, except Pictou and Guysborough counties, which will see 30 to 50 millimetres. Cape Breton could see another 50 to 70 millimetres of rain today. 

Gusty winds are also expected out of the southeast up to 80 km/h with the possibility of gusts up to 100 km/h along the coast. 

Environment Canada still had most of the province under rainfall warnings this morning, with rain tapering off from west to east. Wind warnings also remained in place for eastern Nova Scotia counties, including all of Cape Breton.

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Rain made Lower Water Street in Halifax a bit wet for cyclists to navigate Tuesday morning. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

Simpkin said flurries could mix with rain later in the day as temperatures drop.

Most flights are on time at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with a few cancellations. Flights are operating as scheduled at J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport.

Marine Atlantic has cancelled today’s crossings to and from Newfoundland.

The Confederation Bridge is open to all traffic this morning.