New Brunswick

Wind knocks out power to thousands, makes repairs difficult

Heavy winds have knocked out power for many people in the northern and eastern parts of the province.

About 10,000 NB Power customers in Kent county are without power

The snow may have moved off, but school is closed in some areas of the province. (Jennifer Sweet/CBC)

Heavy winds have knocked out power for many people in the northern and eastern parts of the province.

About 22,321 NB Power customers were without power as of 4:45 p.m., about half of them in the Kent County area.

Customers in Victoria Madawaska and Central York Sunbury were also affected. 

NB Power spokesperson Marc Belliveau said 70 crews were out trying to restore power lines, but the current conditions were making it difficult.

"We've had quite a challenge today also working on the wires because of the heavy winds," Belliveau said.

He said NB Power hopes to have estimated restoration times on its website by 6 p.m.

Could be late

He said some customers may not get power back until late in the evening, and it's difficult to say if any will have to spend the night in the dark.

Some of the lines NB Power has "re-energized" have tripped again, meaning crews have to travel down the lines for several more kilometres looking for the problem.

Belliveau warned people to keep a safe distance of 10 to 15 metres from any wire and to report outages or downed lines to call NB Power.

Environment Canada wind warnings remain in place for the Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst and the Chaleur Region.

Winds could gust up to 90 km/h, according to the weather agency.

Some schools in northeastern New Brunswick, including the Acadian Peninsula, were closed on Thursday as the province cleaned up after a snowstorm. 

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