Power crews battle heavy winds, outages

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A severe winter storm and heavy winds are causing power outages throughout Nova Scotia.

The storm that brought heavy winds in excess of 100 km/h and blowing snow in many parts of the province will continue through much of the province today. According to Environment Canada, Yarmouth recorded hurricane force winds of more than 120 km/h and similar levels between 110 km/h and 120 km/h are forecast for Halifax Regional Municipality, Cumberland County and Inverness County later today.

In an early morning media release Dec. 22, Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Margaret Murphy says Nova Scotia Power crews restored electricity overnight for more than 27,000 customers in Yarmouth County, Queens County, Digby County, Annapolis County, the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Fresh crews were deployed this morning. As of 5:30 a.m., more than 40,000 Nova Scotia Power customers are without service. Of that number, more than 17,000 are in various Halifax Regional Municipality communities.

There are also outages affecting customers in mainland Nova Scotia, particularly Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Lunenburg, Colchester and Pictou counties, as well as customers in Inverness and Richmond counties. “We regret that many of our customers are experiencing disruptions because of this severe storm,” said Dan Muldoon, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “Our crews have been working hard through the night and will continue to restore service to customers today, as soon as conditions are safe.”

Information about outages, restoration times and safety is available at www.nspower.ca or by calling 1-877-428-6004.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Halifax Regional Municipality, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Inverness County Cumberland County Queens Digby County Annapolis County Shelburne Pictou Richmond

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