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6 PM: Lights could remain out until Thursday for some

By Brad Perry Dec 12, 2023 | 9:54 AM

NB Power says it could take days before power is restored across the province following Monday’s high winds.

The utility reported more than 5,600 homes and businesses without electricity as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the utility’s website, crews are working to repair more than 460 separate outages, mainly in southern New Brunswick.

There are 2,717 customers impacted in the Kennebecasis Valley/Fundy region, 1,463 in the Kings/Queens region, 1,062 in Charlotte Southwest, and 413 in Central York/Sunbury.

“Estimated times of restorations will be available this afternoon,” the utility said in a social media post shortly after noon Tuesday, adding that new outages continue to be reported.

“Restoration times are estimates and are subject to change based on the information obtained when crews and damage assessors arrive to an outage.”

According to the utility’s website, it could be late in the day on Thursday before some customers have their power restored.

Spokesperson Clayton Beaton said Tuesday morning that crews continue to be relocated to areas of greatest impact as they clean up outages in different parts of the province.

Beaton said over 51,000 homes and businesses had experienced an outage as of early Tuesday morning, with a little over 32,000 customers impacted at the peak.

The Saint John Airport reported a peak wind gust of 104 kilometres per hour on Monday, according to Environment Canada.

Wind gusts also exceeded 80 kilometres per hour in Sussex and Fredericton, the national weather agency said.

The latest estimated restoration times can be found on NB Power’s website.