About 96,000 people still without power in N.S. and PEI. 6 days after Fiona
About 96,000 customers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were still without power Thursday evening after post-tropical storm Fiona swept through Atlantic Canada and parts of southeastern Quebec this weekend. -end, taking away houses, chopping down trees and destroying monuments.
As of Tuesday, power had been restored to most customers affected by Fiona in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, but outages persisted in the Maritimes.
The Canadian Armed Forces responded Monday to calls from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to help clear debris and remove trees from roads so power lines can be restored.
Cleanup efforts continue around the clock, and power companies regularly update their websites on the total number of remaining power outages.
As of 7 a.m. Friday, 59,820 Nova Scotia Power customers had no power. That was down from a peak of more than 415,000 customers on Saturday. Nova Scotia Power has approximately 525,000 total customers, including residences, businesses and public buildings.
The utility said in a news release Thursday that more crews and damage assessors are being sent to support crews in the hard-hit northeast region and Cape Breton.
Lia MacDonald, emergency operations manager at Nova Scotia Power, said in the statement that there were more than 1,500 people on the ground across the province to deal with broken poles and downed power lines. Hundreds more worked behind the scenes, she said.
« The size of this response effort reflects the scale of Fiona and the extent of the damage left behind, » MacDonald said.
In the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, approximately 32,000 customers were still without power and more than 500 workers were on the ground. Some 600 people were stationed in the northeast region, where power was restored to around 60% of customers on Thursday morning.
Nova Scotia Power said final restorations are nearing completion in western Nova Scotia.
By Thursday morning, 98% of HRM customers had regained their electricity.
Prince Edward Island
As of 6:45 a.m. ADT Friday, 36,350 Maritime Electric customers were affected by power outages in Prince Edward Island
Stratford and Cornwall recorded the highest number of outages in the province.