PICTOU – There are still several areas of Pictou County that are without power due to the high winds and heavy rainfall of Thanksgiving Monday.
Nova Scotia Power has opened its Emergency Operations Centre as it works to repair damage to the electrical system caused by the storm.
“Our Emergency Operations Centre opened at 7 p.m. Monday and we are working with the provincial Emergency Management Office to safely restore customers as soon as possible,” said storm lead Paul Casey.
The EOC is the nerve centre for restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all aspects of the company.
“The storm stalled over Nova Scotia and that caused sustained winds to last longer than anticipated,” Casey said. “We have had a total of 144,000 customer outages and as of 4 a.m. Tuesday, NS Power had restored power to 87,000 customers. There are approximately 55,000 outages remaining at this time,” he said early this morning.
All available Nova Scotia Power crews are out restoring outages around Nova Scotia. Contract powerline and tree crews have also been brought in to assist in efforts.
NS Power says the majority of customers will be restored by 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 11, in the western and central regions of the province while customers in the eastern region will be restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Report outages, electrical hazards or damage by calling 1-877-428-6004. The most up to date outage information is available at outagemap.nspower.ca.