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Thousands still without power after snow, strong winds pumper Atlantic Canada



Thousands of households still live in the dark after a great snow storm has gone through the Atlantic Canadian, forcing several schools and heating centers to be set up around the region on Friday.

The main snow storm on Thursday's Canadian eastern shore came with strong winds and wet, heavy snow that all day led across electric wires across the region.

Electricity came Thursday to more than 300,000 customers – with nearly 250,000 Nova Scotia Power users. That number has since fallen to nearly 13,000 in the province.

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

Other breaks are concentrated in northern and northeastern Nova Scotia, most of them in Amherst, Stellarton, and Tatamagouche.

The company says it will update the time of restoration throughout the day.

"Restorations are particularly challenging in the northeastern part of the province where crews work on trees that connect power lines and lowered wires," said Sean Borden, the head of the Nova Scotia Power storm.

Release to P.E.I.

In P.E., overhauls have reached 80,000 for Maritime Electric, and all 7,000 Summerside Electric customers have also come out. On Friday morning, about 7,000 marine electric buyers were still affected by interruptions.

Outposts outside the province help restore power, and the utility says the cleaning will be in progress.

"We still have a great way to recover the storm, cleaning will be good in days and weeks," said Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric.

In addition, the problems with the underwater cable connecting the grate to New Brunswick cut off power from the mainland.

In New Brunswick, more than 8,000 NB Power customers still have no electricity. At the peak of the storm, NB Power, about 46,000 customers were out of stream after 80 miles per hour hit the wind in the province.

Most of the customers are still affected in Kent County, where about 3,000 households have been cut off.

Marc Belliveau, spokesman for NB Power, said more than 90 crew returned to power across the province. It is expected that the authorities will return to their residents sometime Friday.

Meanwhile, Belliveau asks customers to keep away from lines or trees on wire and households without disconnecting items.

"This cold lifting will cause breaks as we return to strength and slow our progress," he said.


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