Maritime Electric now says 8,500 homes, in about several communities, are without power this morning, most of them in West Prince.
There are 21 Maritime Electric crews are working to restore power as soon as possible.
Islanders are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to contact Maritime Electric if they see any. The number to call is 1-800-670-1012.
The electric company is keeping a running tab of outages online, here.