SHIPPAGAN (GNB) – The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization has activated its Regional Operation Emergency Centre in the Acadian Peninsula after a sudden, severe thunderstorm Thursday night.

At peak Thursday evening, close to 6,000 NB Power customers in some regions of the province were without power. The Lamèque, Shippagan and Caraquet areas saw the most impact.   

NB Power crews were on site Thursday evening to safely secure road access to Lamèque. Repair work will be complex, as both transmission and distribution lines have been damaged.  Air patrol will be used Friday morning to assist with damage assessment  as crews work to restore power and replace poles and equipment as necessary.

Estimated restoration times will be posted on the NB Power website as they become available.

Residents are advised to stay clear of downed lines, trees and equipment for safety reasons. Please also drive slowly in affected areas and watch for crews working to restore power near the roads.

EMO reminds New Brunswickers use generators with caution. Never run generators or cook with an open flame inside a home or the garage, as these activities create carbon monoxide, which can become extremely dangerous. Testing batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors is recommended.

If your power is out turn down heat sources and unplug major appliances in advance of power restoration to avoid a surge in demand that has the potential to cause more outages.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization will continue to closely monitor the region and prepare to coordinate emergency response as necessary.