Some New Brunswickers could be without power until the weekend

Post-tropical storm Arthur passed through Gaspesie, Que., and left more than 15,800 of 48,000...

Post-tropical storm Arthur passed through Gaspesie, Que., and left more than 15,800 of 48,000 subscribers in the dark early Sunday morning, according to Hydro Quebec. (TVA/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

Frustration is mounting in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where 95,000 homes were still without power Monday after a post-tropical storm swept through the region Saturday.

"Still no power. Haven't had running water since Saturday morning. This is starting to get really old," Nova Scotia Twitter user @Julilly wrote.

It was a sentiment echoed by many on social media.

 As of Monday evening, 71,457 customers in New Brunswick -- 35,343 of them located in Fredericton -- were without power.

N.B. Power said 80% of those currently without power will have the lights back on by late Wednesday.

"We'll be doing everything we can to have the remaining 20% of our customers on by the weekend," the power utility said.

The company tweeted its "estimation of the effort required was overly optimistic."

"Yes, it is worse (than) we first thought. The sheer volume of outages -- most we've ever experienced -- has meant a very conservative approach to restoration times."

In Nova Scotia, 23,722 were still in the dark Monday evening.

Nova Scotia Power said crews were out "since first light" Monday to continue restoration efforts and it was expected most customers would be back online Monday, though some could take until Tuesday.

 


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