Arthur takes P.E.I. by storm

Maureen Coulter
Published on July 5, 2014

Power lines sway and bend while trees moan and groan as the first tropical storm of the summer season hits Prince Edward Island Saturday.

Environment Canada currently has a wind warning in effect and a tropical storm warning in effect for the Island today as tropical storm Arthur blows its way through P.E.I.

RCMP from all three P.E.I. districts have received numerous reports of electrical wires down in at least 10 different locations. There have also been numerous reports of roadblocks due to fallen trees. At this time, there have been no reported injuries.

 RCMP reminds the public to not approach any electrical wires down and to report downed poles immediately to either the RCMP or Maritime Electric.

 West of Slemon Park Rotary,on Route 2, is closed at this time and traffic is being redirected to Kinsmen road.  

The large tent, right beside the reebok outlet, on the North River Causeway collapsed due to high winds this afternoon. Staff took down the rest of the tent.

The Confederation Bridge has placed vehicle restrictions as of 9:30 this morning inhibiting certain classes of vehicles including motorcycles, automobiles towing trailers and any high-sided vehicles from travelling across the bridge. Air traffic to the Island has also been disrupted with several cancelled flights and ferry crossings from Wood Islands are cancelled for the day.

Environment Canada reports periods of rain with south winds gusting from 60 km/h to 90 km/h this evening turning to west winds later on tonight with a low of 12.

The P.E.I. 2014 Celebration Zone is closing for the day and will re-open tomorrow July 6 at 11 a.m.

The staff from P.E.I. National Park is advising people to not enter the water as surf conditions are considered dangerous. The water temperature sits currently at 15 degrees Celsius.

For the safety of Islanders and visitors, P.E.I. National Park also advises to keep pets on a leash or indoors, to adjust outdoor activities accordingly with the weather reports and to secure all belongings as high winds continue to blow through the province.