**Updated** Power restoration continues, comfort centres open throughout the region

**Updated at 3:59 p.m.**

The President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power (NSP) says she expects the majority of customers who lost power will be restored Friday, with almost everyone back with electricity through Saturday.

In an update Friday afternoon, Karen Hutt says crews and the planning team have done a remarkable job responding to the storm.

She says the storm has largely played out as anticipated, so the deployment of resources has led to positive results.

A news release from NSP says power has been restored to some 243,000 customers, with around 37,000 left without electricity around mid-afternoon.

The company says estimated restoration times are being updated as teams access outage sites and field-validate what repairs are needed.

Comfort centres open

The company's customer service centres in Stellarton, Kentville, Chester, and Shelburne, as well as the main office in Halifax are open again Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as comfort centres. 

Further, Colchester EMO Coordinator Robert Levine tells our newsroom a comfort centre opened at 10 a.m. Friday at 139 Truro Heights Road, but will close at 8 p.m.

The Brookfield Fire Hall and Onslow Belmont Fire Hall are also inviting anyone who may be without power to use their facilities, while a comfort centre is also open at the Linacy Fire Department in Pictou County.