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Storms delay flights, damage Halifax airport

An intense thunderstorm that damaged equipment and kept workers off the tarmac has caused a flight backlog at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

Ashley Gallant, a spokeswoman for the Halifax International Airport Authority, says all workers were pulled off the tarmac Tuesday after a red alert was declared.

Gallant says planes were able to land but it wasn't safe for anyone to be working outside.

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She says the lighting system on their main runway was damaged by a lightning strike but it has already been repaired.

Lighting damaged by a similar strike on a secondary runway, which has been closed for upgrades, will also be fixed.

Across the province Nova Scotia Power's outage map showed a few hundred customers in the Liverpool, Bridgewater and Goshen areas without power early Wednesday.

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