NSP calls in crews from Hydro Quebec ahead of Thursday's storm

The President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power (NSP) says they've called in crews from as far away as Hydro Quebec in preparation for Thursday's anticipated severe winter storm.

In a news release, Karen Hutt says they'll have more than 1,000 people dedicated to storm response, including frontline crews, damage assessors, planners, engineers, support staff, and customer care representatives.

She says this is a bigger storm than the one that hit last week, and the company has already decided to activate its Emergency Operations Centre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

The release says crews will begin restoring power as soon as it’s safe to do so, but on-site assessments will be made for safety when winds are gusting above 80 km/hour.

NSP says restorations may not be able to begin until winds subside on Friday.

The company will open its head office in Halifax and payment depots in Kentville, Chester, Stellarton and Shelburne as comfort centres from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday.