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24th of October 2018

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Thousands of households without power across New Brunswick | CBC News

Despite ongoing restoration efforts there are still 2,600 households in New Brunswick without electricity after strong winds pummelled parts of the province Saturday morning. 

NB Power said many of those homes and businesses won't see it restored until early Sunday morning. 

By mid-afternoon, the largest outage, accounting for about 1,000 customers, was in Resitgouche. Most of the area won't be restored until 1 a.m. Sunday, according to NB Power's website. 

As of 5:30 p.m. Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe still had more than 520 households without power. 

Central York Sunbury had about 495 outages, but there were outages across all counties. Parts of Fredericton should see power restored between 5:30 and 10 p.m. but some customers will be waiting until about 1 a.m. Sunday, the utility said. 

At least seven power poles were knocked down on Route 134 near Campbellton Saturday morning. NB Power crews were onsite making repairs Saturday afternoon. (Marie-Joe Henry/Submitted )

"Our regular complement of crews are in the assessment phase and will begin generating times of restoration on our website once they have a better idea of the situation on the ground," said NB Power spokesperson Marie Andrée Bolduc.

In an email, Bolduc said 19 crews are working in the eastern areas and 18 in western areas. 

The largest outage is in Central York Sunbury County, N.B. (Paul Poirier/CBC)

"There are no major infrastructure damage reported at this time," she said.

Despite that, nearly seven power poles were knocked over on to the road near a golf course in Campbellton on Route 134. Bolduc said the lines were de-energized. 

"Crews are on site to make necessary repairs," she said. 

High winds in Eastern Canada

An earlier wind warning for the Acadian Penninsula and the Bathurst Chaleur region has been lifted. Bolduc said the utility will continue to monitor weather conditions.

Mel Lemmon, a meteorologist at Environment Canada's Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., said the weather system over New Brunswick is the same one that came through Ontario and Quebec yesterday. 

"We are seeing some winds," he said. "We are missing the part that would turn it into a thunderstorm event."

Lemmon said the low pressure system is over Newfoundland and Labrador now. 

The rest of New Brunswick is under a frost advisory.

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