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Tens of thousands of customers without power in the Maritimes due to post-tropical storm Lee

More than 172,500 customers are without electricity Saturday afternoon as post-tropical storm Lee continues to move into the Maritimes.

At about 11:30 p.m., Nova Scotia Power was reporting about 2,078 active outages affecting more than 121,000 customers.

The utility says many of the outages are in the western part of the province and the Halifax metro area.

“Crews have been able to restore power to some customers early this morning, however, conditions are getting worse. In many cases, especially when winds are above 80 km/h, it isn’t safe for our crews to be up in the buckets, so we focus on assessing damage and restoring power from the ground where possible,” said Matt Drover, NS Power storm lead, in a Saturday morning news release.

As of about 11:30 p.m. NB Power was reporting about 527 outages affecting more than 15,000 customers, with many in the Fredericton area.

“Our team is in the field to assess damage and begin making necessary repairs where conditions are safe,” NB Power said in a social media update Saturday afternoon.

Maritime Electric‘s outage map was reporting about 3,100 customers affected by outages as of 10 p.m.

Click here for a photo gallery of the impact of post-tropical storm Lee in the Maritime provinces.

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