It could take up to 72 hours to restore power after weekend storm
Tens of thousand of people across the Maritimes are without power this morning after the region was lashed by strong winds and heavy rain over the weekend.
New Brunswick has been the hardest hit, with NB Power reporting more than 94,000 customers in the dark after 100 km/h winds swept across the province Saturday and almost 53-thousand remain off the grid today. That includes over 24-thousand in the capital region.
NB Power says some customers may be without power for more than 24 hours as crews assess the damage caused by high winds overnight.
But a statement issued by the province advises that people should be prepared for it to be longer.
NB Power has 120 crews and 29 damage assessors working yesterday....Sheila Lagace, with NB Power communications, said Most power outages are due to trees making contact with the lines so we have a lot of lines that are down because of trees that fell on them."
The Fredericton fire department received more than 100 calls Saturday night
Robert Duguay, a spokesperson for New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization, advised people to not approach downed wires on roads.
Nova Scotia, where wind and rain warnings was also posted, was hit with similar strength gusts overnight and into this morning along the Fundy coast and over northern sections of Cape Breton.
More than 18,000 customers were waiting to be reconnected there and on PEI, more than 3,000 Maritime Electric customers were without power.
Government officials say widespread power outages could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, and they're advising residents not to run a generator in their homes, garages, or near a window or air intake outside of a home.
Warming and charging stations have been set up in a number of cities and communities across New Brunswick:
Upper Nashwaak Lions Club, 1284 Route 107, Stanley.
Nashwaak Villa, 67 Lime Kiln Rd., Stanley.
Upper Kingsclear Fire Department, 22 Mazerolle Settlement Rd., Upper Kingsclear.
Estey's Bridge Community Centre, 1388 Route 620 Highway, Fredericton.
Civic Centre, 44 Salmon Blvd., Campbellton.
Upper Miramichi Fire Department, 6327 Route 8, Boiestown.
Upper Miramichi Lions Club, 6438 Route 8, Boiestown.
Willie O'Ree Place, Mabie Lane, Fredericton (charging station only).
Grant Harvey Centre, 600 Knowledge Park Dr., Fredericton (charging station only).