Power slowly returning across much of East Coast after messy storm

Crews were slowly restoring power to thousands of homes in the wake of an East Coast storm that unleashed strong winds and heavy, wet snow Thursday.

Nova Scotia Power said about 10,000 customers were still without electricity midday Friday even after crews worked through the night to restore outages.

At one point Thursday, almost 250,000 homes and businesses, half of Nova Scotia Power's customers, were without electricity.

In P.E.I., roughly 4,700 Maritime Electric customers were without power midday Friday, while 3,800 NB Power customers remained without power.

NB Power was asking those without power to unplug items, to speed the progress of restoration.

There were also some scattered outages remaining in Newfoundland and Labrador Friday.