UPDATED Tens Of Thousands Without Power Across Province In Wake Of Storm

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 05:44 AM

Tens of thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers remain without service in the wake of Tuesday's storm.

Shelburne County and the South Shore were particularly hit hard.

Heavy, wet snow and winds gusting to more than 110 km/h in some areas of the province caused damage to the power system, including broken poles, downed wires, and snow weighing trees onto power lines.

Spokesperson Tiffany Chase says crews were able to restore earlier outages yesterday fairly quickly, until the storm intensified.

"Right now we're looking at somewhere around 10,000 customers in the South Shore area without power at this point. We do have crews continuing to work to get customers back on as safely as it is to do so."

Chase says at first light, crews and damage assessors will work on identifying damage at individual outage locations.

"There are more than 700 people dedicated to storm response today."

She says that will allow NSP to update estimated restoration times and restore power efficiently for customers.

Chase says where there are multiple power outages, NSP restores power in phases to ensure critical services like hospitals can stay open before beginning work in other areas.

She says larger outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead of smaller outages to restore electricity to the greatest number of customers.

Here is a link to NSP's outage map: http://outagemap.nspower.ca/external/default.html