Intense thunderstorm hits NB, NS

Lightning near Halifax, NS 01 Jun 11 (CTV)

Hundreds of lightning strikes and long periods of rolling thunder were recorded across Southeastern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia last night after cold, continental air from the north collided with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

Weather officials say the number of lightning strikes in the region was remarkable given that few electrical storms are recorded here in a given year.

The fast moving system, which also impacted New England earlier in the day (see previous blog entry), knocked out power to homes and businesses and forced two schools near Moncton to close today.