Close to 7,000 NB Power customers without electricity

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Thousands of NB Power customers lost power Thursday morning, and many of the outages could last into the night, NB Power says.

Just as power was restored to about 2,100 customers in York, Sunbury, Kings and Queens counties, the lights went out in parts of Restigouche County.

Marc Belliveau, a spokesperson for NB Power, said that at 9:32 a.m., power was interrupted on an isolated transmission line, leaving close to 7,000 customers in the Campbellton, Dalhousie and Glencoe areas without electricity.

At its peak Thursday afternoon, more than 7,100 customers were without electricity, but the number declined slightly over the next few hours, to about 6,700.  

"NB Power crews have located a broken transmission pole, and unfortunately it is in an isolated area and requires off-road equipment," Belliveau said.

"Repairs will be challenging, and because of where the outage is on our transmission system, it is impossible to switch affected customers to other lines that are working."

Parts of New Brunswick had lightning overnight. The province can expect between 10 and 20 mm of rain throughout the day, with northeasterly winds blowing between 25 and 30 km/h and gusting to 50 km/h.