More Than 94,000 Still Without Power Monday in New Brunswick
More than 94,000 homes and businesses in New Brunswick were still without power Monday morning in the wake of tropical storm Arthur.
Nearly half of the outages-more than 45,000-are in the Fredericton area, where emergency shelters have been set up and crews are working to remove hundreds of trees that were toppled by the storm.
Arthur slammed the region throughout the day Saturday with winds gusting up to 100km/hour and torrential rains that wreaked havoc on the province's electrical system. NB Power called it the largest blackout in New Brunswick's history, affecting more than 140,000 customers.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, nearly 13,000 homes and businesses from Woodstock to Grand Falls still had no power. The Hartland area was especially hard hit, and some people have been without phone or electric service for 48 hours.
NB Power crews have been working around the clock to restore service and hope to have the majority of customers back in service on Monday. Some homes in rural areas, however, may be without electricity until Wednesday or Thursday.
Meanwhile in Maine, more than 20,000 homes and businesses lost service on Saturday. By Monday morning, all but 4,000 customers had been restored, most of them in coastal Washington County.