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Nova Scotia Power opens emergency centre to deal with provincial outages

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power has opened its Emergency Operations Centre as it works to restore power to 55,000 homes across the province.

Nova Scotia Power is working to address weather-related power problems in the Amherst area.

 “Our Emergency Operations Centre opened at 7 p.m. Monday and we are working with the provincial Emergency Management Office to safely restore customers as soon as possible,” said Storm Lead Paul Casey, in a press release.

The EOC is the nerve centre for restoration planning and response and is staffed with employees representing all aspects of the company.

“The storm stalled over Nova Scotia and that caused sustained winds to last longer than anticipated. We have had a total of 144,000 customer outages and as of 4 a.m. Tuesday, NS Power had restored power to 87,000 customers.

All available Nova Scotia Power crews are out restoring outages around Nova Scotia.

Contract powerline and tree crews have also been brought in to assist in efforts.

The power company says the majority of customers will be restored by 6 p.m. today in the western and central regions of the province while customers in the eastern region will be restored by 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The utility would like to remind customers to consider all downed wires to be energized and keep a safe distance from them.

Customers are asked to report outages, electrical hazards or damage by calling 1-877-428-6004. 

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