Most power expected to be restored by end of day, Maritime Electric says
According to Maritime Electric, electricity should be restored in most island communities by the end of Saturday.
Howling winds and rain overnight left more than 10,000 Maritime Electric customers without power, exactly three months after post-tropical storm Fiona.
While the storm wasn’t as devastating to PEI as Fiona, it did leave some downed trees, disrupted travel and power outages, which come at a time when many islanders are gathered at home for the holidays.
In the early morning, the winds, which reached over 100 km/h throughout the night, eased significantly.
Four bars were damaged and will be replaced, Griffin said. They hope to have most customers back “at the end of the day”.
Four Crews Crews from Ontario are helping.
“Crews were out last night and will be out all day/night as they work to recover customers as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.
Over 100,000 customers lost power as wind gusts in the 50-60+ mph range swept through the region.
The 100+ km/h list includes Halifax Airport, Yarmouth, Brier Island, Charlottetown & North Cape PEI.
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As of 8:00 AM AT, the number of customers without power was 10,382, according to Maritime Electric’s outage map. By 11:15 a.m. it had fallen to just over 6,600
Many communities, including Wellington, Mount Stewart, Oyster Bed, Long Creek and Rocky Point, are expected to have power back by 1 p.m., according to the outage map.
Flights have resumed at Charlottetown Airport.
The Confederation Bridge, which was closed to all traffic Friday night due to high winds, has reopened.
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