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Thousands of people are still without power after snow, strong winds thrust Atlantic Canada



Thousands of households are still living in the dark after heavy snowstorms flooded through Atlantic Canada, forcing several schools and warming centers to be created throughout the region on Friday.

On Thursday, the high snowfall on the eastern coast of Canada was associated with heavy winds and damp and heavy snow, which shifted a number of electricity lines throughout the region all day.

Power outages on Thursday reached more than 300,000 customers – with nearly 250,000 of these Nova Scotia Power customers. Since then, this figure has dropped to over 13,000 in the province.

A strong wind and wet snow combination reduced the power poles. (Brian Higgins / CBC)

The remaining breaks are concentrated in the northwest and northeast of Nova Scotia, most of them Amherst, Stellarton and Tatamagouche.

The company says it will update the recovery times throughout the day.

"Restoration has been particularly challenging in the northeast province of the province, where crews were busy with trees that were in contact with power lines and pipelines," said Sons Bordens, Nova Scotia Power, a storm.

There were breaks in P.E.I.

P.E.I. In peak times, the peak reached 80,000 – Maritime Electric and 7,000 Summerside Electric customers. On Friday morning, more than 7,000 maritime electricity consumers met.

Off-site off-campus help restore strength, and the utility said clean-up works will continue.

"We are still in a great storm recovery mode for us. Cleaning will be good for days and weeks ahead," said Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric.

In addition, problems with the submarine cable connecting the network to New Brunswick, stop the flow of electricity from the mainland.

In New Brunswick, over 8,000 NB Power customers are still without electricity. At NB Peering, about 46,000 non-electric customers hit 80km of wind.

Most of the customers still affected are in Kent County, where about 3,000 households have stopped working.

Mark Belliveau, a NB Power spokesman, said over 90 teams were reinstated throughout the province. The capacity is expected to be restored to the public on Friday.

Meanwhile, Belliveau is asking customers to stay away from broken lines or trees on wires and households with no power to disconnect the goods.

"Increasing this cold load causes repeated interruptions as we rebuild power and slow down our progress," he said.


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