Spring storm causes closure of COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics

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A snow plow works the roads in P.E.I. in January. An early spring storm has given the province a good wallop, with weather including freezing drizzle, heavy rain, lightning, strong winds and blowing snow. (Sara Fraser/CBC - image credit)
A snow plow works the roads in P.E.I. in January. An early spring storm has given the province a good wallop, with weather including freezing drizzle, heavy rain, lightning, strong winds and blowing snow. (Sara Fraser/CBC - image credit)

Strong winds, icy surfaces and poor visibility have all been part of an early spring storm to hit P.E.I.

Everything from heavy rain to lightning to freezing drizzle to blowing snow over the last 24 hours has affected two COVID-19 testing clinics and two vaccine clinics.

COVID-19 testing clinics in Borden-Carleton and at Slemon Park are closed for the day.

The Charlottetown vaccine clinic and the Summerside vaccine clinic have both been rescheduled until Tuesday at their new locations at Eastlink Centre and Holland College, respectively, with appointment times remaining the same.

Those with appointments Saturday will receive an automated message from Skip the Waiting Room confirming the new appointment time, date and location. People with questions about their appointment can call 1-844-975-3303.

Phone lines are open Saturday until 4 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

P.E.I. was under a wind warning Saturday, which was lifted at 10:43 a.m.

There remains a gale warning on the waters around the Island, plus a freezing spray warning for Gulf- Magdelen - southern half.

The Confederation Bridge, which had been closed to high-sided vehicles earlier Saturday, is now open to all vehicles.

By late afternoon, Maritime Electric had power restored to almost all customers, after dealing with several hundred customers without power throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the official Government of P.E.I. Twitter account says a Route 26 Pownal Road is closed between MacLennan Road and Gay Road due to a culvert washout. The closure is expected to last all day.