NSP preparing for storm

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Nasty weather is on its way and Nova Scotia Power is getting ready for it.

According to a press release from the power company, it is mobilizing personnel and resources in advance of an expected winter storm on Tuesday.

“Weather forecasts are calling for heavy wet snow, significant rainfall and winds up to 100 km/h across the province,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s storm lead. “In preparation, we are putting plans in place for crews to be stationed across the province and staffing up our Customer Care Centre.”

Nova Scotia Power activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 2 p.m. today, February 1. It provides centralized coordination for outage restoration planning and response and acts as a liaison with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office (EMO).

“Based on the current track, this winter storm has the potential to result in power outages across the province,” said Drover. “Crews will begin restoring power as soon as conditions are safe. We encourage people to monitor their local weather forecasts and prepare accordingly.”

Customer Safety
Nova Scotia Power encourages customers to plan for their safety. Some tips include having an emergency kit that includes flashlights, a battery-powered radio and fresh water, ensuring backup generators are installed properly outdoors, and charging electronic devices. If you lose power, turn off and unplug electrical equipment, such as televisions and computers to prevent damage when power is restored. Visit www.nspower.ca/stormready for a full list of safety and storm preparedness tips.

In situations where there are multiple power outages, Nova Scotia Power restores power in phases to ensure critical services like hospitals can stay open before beginning work in other areas. Larger outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead of smaller outages to restore electricity to the greatest number of customers.

Outage Information Customers can report outages and get estimated restoration times online at outagemap.nspower.ca or by calling Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004. Estimated restoration times will be posted and updated as our crews assess the damage.

This family enjoyed a snowfall on Fitzpatrick Mountain last year as part of the Scotsburn Winter Carnival. Tuesday’s weather may see more snowfall. (File photo)