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Saturday, February 2, 2013

NB Power Hiring Additional Crews To Battle Outages

NB Power says crews are working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible.

They say power has been restored to over 100,000 people since Thursday's storm, although there's still 5,000 people without power in Rothesay, Sussex and Moncton. The company says the storm caused some major damage to broken poles and trees, saying restoration will be ongoing until tomorrow night.

NB Power has hired on 65 additional crews to help repair the damage, including members from Hydro Quebec, Emera, Maritime Electric and Saint John Energy.

More Outages In KV, Less In Sussex

The number of people without power in Rothesay and Quispamsis has increased.

Now over 3,500 people are without juice, while improvements have been made in Sussex with around 900 outages.

Saint John Energy is not reporting any outages on their website.

To get the latest update, click here.

6 More Weeks Of Winter, Predicts Groundhog

It's 6 more weeks of winter... that prediction coming from Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam.

The weather guru groundhog saw his shadow this morning when he came out of his burrow.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on Groundhog Day it'll flee back to its burrow, heralding six more weeks of winter, and if it doesn't, it means spring's just around the corner.

There are 3 furry forecasters, in Ontario it's Wiarton Willie and Manitoba's lesser known woodchuck, Winnipeg Willow.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil and Wiarton Willie have predicted early springs.

Meet The Mill Rats

Mill Rats fans will have a chance to test their hoop skills and meet the players today.

The basketball team will be a Brunswick Square from 2 until 4, and the first 100 people to arrive will get a limited edition 2012-2013 team photo. 

Mill Rats Coach David Cooper says autographs and prizes will be given out. He tells CHSJ news it'll be an exciting day and a great chance to meet the players.

The team is back in action at Harbour Station on Friday when they host the London Lightning.

A Dozen People Warm Up At The Qplex

About a dozen people, including a family of 4, taking shelter at the Qplex overnight.

The town is offering the centre as a warm spot for residents without power to stay.

Aaron Kennedy from the Qplex says there's just short of a 1,000 people without power and the traffic lights are out by the Esso/Tim Hortons at Exit 141. 

The Qplex has extended the closing of the warming shelter to tomorrow at 1pm.

Over 5,000 People Still Without Power

People are still without power in many parts of the region.

In Rothesay & Quispamsis, over 2,600 people are still without electricity. In Sussex, more than 3,400 without juice.

Saint John Energy is not reporting any outages on their website.

Storm Keeps Fire Crews Busy

KV & City fire crews keeping busy cleaning up the storm's path.

The high winds and rain caused downed wires, flooded basements, wind damage and fire alarms going off. Bayside Drive was closed after 4 broken poles were discovered.

There were more than 20 requests for service during the height of the storm.