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The Confederation Bridge is completely and fully closed as of 8 p.m.

"For user safety, the Confederation Bridge is closed to all traffic until the current weather situation changes. The closure was implemented at 20:00 hrs (8 p.m.), March 26, 2014," said the statment from the company. "You will be advised when the situation changes."

Hillsborough Bridge had been closed to all traffic Wednesday afternoon due a three-car accident and extreme whiteout conditions, RCMP said.

What started as a two car accident turned into a three car collision when a vehicle rear ended the cars involved in the original accident. There no injuries in either accident, but the motorists involved were shaken up.

By 8 p.m. RCMP issued the following updated statement:

"All stranded vehicles have been removed from the Hillsborough Bridge," oit said. " The RCMP is still advising the public to stay off of the bridge as visibility is still zero and the possibility of more vehicles becoming stranded again is very high. 

"Once again, please stay off of the roads unless the situation is life threatening," said RCMP.

9:00 p.m.

Maritime Electric crews were able to restore power to further 5,500 customers by 9 p.m. but conditions were so bad that Maritime Electric pulled all crews off the road, with help from plows to escort them back

"There are still approximately 600 customers without power in communities throughout the province," said Griffin in a 9 p.m. update. "When weather improves, crews will return and try to restore power.

"Our call centre is open and emergency crews will remain at the depots around the clock," she said.

"We have had reports of downed power lines, (so we) remind Islanders to stay away from power lines," said Griffin.

"Customers can report outages or downed power lines throughout the  storm - we will remain open.

"Our crews will be back on the road when it's safe to do so," she said.

12:23 a.m.

"As of 12:23 AM on Thursday, March 27, we are experiencing scattered outages across PEI affecting 600 customers," said Maritime Electric.

"Due to safety and the weather conditions our crews have been taken off the road. Crews will be responding to emergency and life-threatening situations only.

"Assessment will continue during the night with a further announcement at 7 am regarding the status of our crews. If you are experiencing a power outage please report it at Report an Outage or call us at 1-800-670-1012."

 

Organizations: RCMP

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  • Mallory
    March 27, 2014 - 13:13

    Was following the whole action with play by play by the RCMP on twitter. @RCMPPEITraffic what a terrific idea to keep islanders informed. Thanks to all the emergency workers on shift yesterday.

  • Juanita
    March 27, 2014 - 06:21

    Well done to all those who had to brave the elements to keep people safe and warm. Many thanks also to the Islanders who heeded the advice to stay put and keep the roads clear for those who needed emergency services.

  • James
    March 26, 2014 - 20:55

    Appreciate all the hard work these people are putting in to keep people safe and warm. Thanks!

    • Gordie
      March 27, 2014 - 07:01

      second that!