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HALIFAX — Thousands of people on the East Coast lost power and school was cancelled in Nova Scotia and parts of New Brunswick after blasts of winter wind and wet snow swept through the region.

Nova Scotia Power reported about 12,000 outages by 8 a.m. local time.

In New Brunswick, NB Power issued a news release saying that at least 6,000 customers had lost power in the Fredericton, Rothesay and St. Stephen areas, with more people expected to report the loss of electricity as the morning went on.

“The storm has certainly created significant damage including broken poles and large trees on lines,” wrote Meghan Gerrish, a spokeswoman for NB Power.

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A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power said repair crews were having difficulty reaching some areas in the southern half of the province due to the poor driving conditions.

“They’re experiencing severe weather there (in the Annapolis Valley)…

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