Power is back on for 3,000 Nova Scotia Power customers

Nova Scotia Power says electricity has been restored after more than 3,000 customers — most of them in metro Halifax —  hit by outages earlier Monday evening.

The root of the problem was outside the CBC building at Sackville Street and Bell Road where a connector broke, causing two lines to fall on wires below.

To the repair the line, crews had to turn off the power to other customers, with the utility warning at one point an additional 2,500 customers could have their electricity cut.

A spokesperson from the company said crews were working in "miserable conditions," with rain and strong wind. Police closed a section of Spring Garden Road to help crews complete the work.

At the height of the outage, more than 3,000 were without electricity.

Most of the outages were concentrated in the Halifax Regional Municipality, including parts of major streets in the downtown such as Quinpool Road and Spring Garden Road. Parts of Dartmouth were also hit.

Park Lane Mall was evacuated after people reported smelling smoke. Several fire crews were sent to the scene.