© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Maritime Electric workers restore power near Pondside Park in Stratford Saturday afternoon.
Maritime Electric crews had their work cut out for them on Prince Edward Island Saturday as post-tropical storm Arthur’s strong winds took down several power lines as trees and branches came crashing down throughout the day.
As of Saturday evening, around 4,000 customers were still without power, which was better than the 20,000 without power Saturday afternoon.
Kris Jackson, communications officer at Maritime Electric, said the power outage calls started around 11 a.m.
“There were significant outages after that and it continued all day.”
The larger outages happened in the eastern part of the Island in Kings County near Scotchfort and Mount Stewart.
Jackson said the most affected area by the tropical storm was the eastern part of the Island.
The people who continue to go without power are in Kings County near Scotchford and Mount Stewart.
“The biggest thing for us right now is the winds and trees going into power lines.”
There were a couple instances earlier on Saturday of trees coming in to contact with power lines that caused some fires but crews managed to get them under control pretty quickly.
Jackson is unsure of when all the people without power will have it restored as the winds continue to blow and are expected to throughout the evening.
“We are going to continue to restore to everybody as quickly and as safely as possible.” “It’s been a very busy day.”