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Thousands lose power in N.B. due to high winds and rain

By Tara Clow Dec 19, 2023 | 6:43 AM

Another wind and rain storm in the province has left over 100,000 NB Power customers without electricity.

Outages are widespread, affecting every region, but the hardest hit region currently is in the Central areas including Fredericton and outlying areas.

Charlotte Southwest is next on the list with over 17,000 residents affected by outages.

Kings and Queens counties including Salisbury and Petitcodiac also woke up without lights.

Caledonia Regional High School, Hillsborough Elementary School, Petitcodiac Regional School, Riverside Consolidated School, Shediac Cape School, Bessborough, Hillcrest and Maplehurst Schools within the Anglophone East School District are all closed today.

For the Francophone South School District, École Abbey-Landry in Memramcook, École Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne, and Ecole Grande-Digue are also closed today.

There is no word yet for most as to when the power will be restored.

The Confederation Bridge was also closed to all traffic for several hours due to high winds.

According to Environment Canada, this latest system brought some records breaking temperatures, with highs of 15 degrees reached for some regions.

Lots of heavy rain as well. St. Stephen recorded over 64 millimetres.

The Moncton region got over 36.

Saint John registered just 17 millimetres.