In the dark
Thousands of Islanders were in the Friday evening after severe thunderstorms hit parts of the province
A thunderstorm rolled across P.E.I Friday evening knocking out power of 20,000 customers during the height of the storm.
Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric, said the calls started pouring in as the storm hit Charlottetown and moved east.
“At this point the full assessment isn’t in, we basically know it was a result of the storm,” said Griffin in an interview Friday at 10:45 p.m.
Griffin said they had a number of reports of trees that had been hit and had come down on lines.
The “severe thunderstorm” brought thunder, lightning, wind and heavy rain. The thunderstorm watch by Environment Canada ended shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.
“We had seen the warning for the storm coming,” said Griffin. “As the warnings came out, we were watching it closely because certainly with lightning storms it’s a concern to us as well. You just never know how many strikes or how quickly it’s going to pass through.”
Maritime Electric crews were dispatched quickly and were able to get the power back on to the majority of customers.
However as of The Guardian’s press time, approximately 4,800 customers were still without power.
Griffin said crews were out trying to find the source of the outages for these customers.
“We are going to keep our crews out all night to try and continue to restore power,” said Griffin.
The main areas without power Friday night included Dingwell Mills, Souris and the Georgetown area.
Other smaller individual pockets of outages included Hunter River, West Royalty and Sherwood.
Sideways rain and wind caught many people outside on Friday evening as thunderstorms rolled across the province.