NSP makes headway after more than 9,400 customers lose power to lightning, high winds

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Nova Scotia reported more than 9,400 customers without power Saturday morning. (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)
Nova Scotia reported more than 9,400 customers without power Saturday morning. (Robert Short/CBC - image credit)

More than 9,400 customers were without power on Saturday morning after high winds and a lightning storm hit Nova Scotia.

According to Nova Scotia Power's outage map, there were 74 outages affecting customers across the province just before 11 a.m.

Many outages began overnight, and by 2:30 a.m. Saturday there were more than 1,700 customers affected.

The largest outages were around Windsor Junction and the Sackville area in Halifax, as well as the Maitland area of East Hants.

Both affected more than 2,300 customers. The causes were being investigated.

By 2 p.m., progress had been made and there were 64 outages across N.S. with 990 customers affected.

Friday evening brought plenty of lighting and rain to N.S., where winds gusted nearly 60 km/h at the Halifax airport, according to Environment Canada.

On Saturday, wind speeds were still going strong with gusts up to more than 80 km/h in Halifax around 10 a.m.

Many of the power outages listed lightning, high winds, or damage to equipment, as their causes.

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