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Canada Thousands of NB Power customers without power as wind, rain persist

14:25  01 november  2019
14:25  01 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Powerful winds on way for most of B.C. South Coast, central and southern interior

  Powerful winds on way for most of B.C. South Coast, central and southern interior It's about to get a whole lot more chilly — and blustery — for much of southern and central B.C. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for all of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Southern Gulf Islands, predicting winds as high as 80 km/h in some areas Friday. In the Fraser Canyon, Okanagan, Shuswap, Nicola, and North and South Thompson regions, the high winds are expected to begin Thursday evening.

+ Tens of thousand of people across the Maritimes remain without power , after the region was lashed by strong winds and heavy rain over the weekend. New Brunswick has been the hardest hit, with NB Power reporting more than 94

About 30,000 NB Power customers were still waiting for the electricity to come back on as of 8:00 p.m. on Sunday following Hurricane Dorian's assault on the Maritimes. NB Power spokesperson Marc Belliveau said most of the outages are because of downed power lines, caused by Saturday's wind .

Thousands of NB Power customers are waking up in the dark this morning as strong winds and heavy rain continue to batter the province. 

More than 8,000 customers are without power, according to the NB Power website.

The bulk of those outages are in the Kennebecasis Valley area, with more than 3,000 customers without power. In the Miramichi area and Northumberland County, more than 1,600 customers are in the dark.

Outages force school closures

The power outages have also forced some schools to close, including Hammond River Valley Elementary, Hampton High School and Kennebecasis Valley High School.

Many in B.C. still without power following Friday’s windstorm

  Many in B.C. still without power following Friday’s windstorm On Saturday, a BC Hydro spokesperson said power has been restored to 97 per cent of those affected by Friday’s windstorm.According to BC Hydro, most of the outages are in the Interior and most are windstorm-related, caused by trees falling across power lines.

More than 120,000 NB Power customers without power in New Brunswick. Officials with the Canadian Hurricane Centre are predicting more rainfall for the already soaked areas of New Brunswick that will persist along with strong winds until Saturday evening.

NEW YORK -- A flood warning was in effect Sunday evening for the tri-state area as a storm system brought heavy, pounding rain and dangerous wind , CBS New York reports. CBS News has learned that there are more than 148,000 people without power in the Northeast as of late Sunday night.

Marc Belliveau, a spokesperson for NB Power, said some power outages were caused by strong winds, as well as a transmission line outage.

He said about 70 crews from the utility and many contractor crews will be repairing the lines this morning. 

Warnings as wind whips through the province

Meanwhile, Environment Canada has issued special wind warnings in some parts of the province today. Those areas include:

  • Fundy National Park
  • Grand Manan and coastal Charlotte County
  • Moncton and southeast New Brunswick
  • Saint John and county
  • St. Stephen and northern Charlotte County
  • Sussex, Kennebecassis Valley and Kings County

The national weather agency said wind gusts will be up to 90 km/h in most of those areas, and up to 110 km/h in the Tantramar Marsh area near Sackville.

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  B.C. electrical crews head to northern California to help fight devastating wildfires Crews from Coquitlam-based Rokstad Power set out for northern California after the company was contacted by officials in California asking for help. "They don't have the resources to be able to deal with responding, so they've reached out to outside contractors outside the area," he said. "Because we have contracts down there and existing operations, they decided to pull us in."The phone call was pretty frantic," he added. "They realize they have an issue."Forecasters in the U.S.

+ Thousands of people remain without power in New Brunswick after a winter storm packing wind , rain and snow barrelled through Atlantic Canada, closing schools and disrupting travel. The dynamic system prompted Environment Canada to issue weather warnings in P.E.I., New Brunswick

Thousands of NB Power customers , mostly in central New Brunswick, were without power Wednesday afternoon as high winds and rain brought NB Power crews have been able to reconnect all but 830 households and businesses that lost power Wednesday afternoon after strong winds and

The southwesterly winds will continue to develop this morning ahead of an approaching cold front. But winds will diminish this afternoon or early evening as the front passes.

"Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur," Environment Canada said in a statement.

"Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds."

Rain, rain and — more rain

Rainfall warnings have also been issued for Campbellton and Restigouche County, Edmundston and Madawaska County. Those areas can expect between 10 and 20 mm of rain this morning. 

"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible."

A special weather statement has also been issued for certain parts of the province. 

  • Fredericton and Southern York County
  • Grand Falls and Victoria County
  • Grand Lake and Queens County
  • Mount Carleton
  • Oromocto and Sunbury County
  • The Stanley, Doaktown and Blackville area
  • Woodstock and Carleton County

Additional rainfall amounts of up to 10 mm are expected in those areas, but will taper back to scattered showers later this morning.

Strong southerly winds are also expected to develop later today with gusts of 70 to 80 km/h this afternoon. 

Still no power for 168,000 Quebecers as Hydro-Quebec repairs storm damage .
Still no power for 168,000 Quebecers as Hydro-Quebec repairs storm damageHowever, about 168,000 customers across the province are still without power for a second day.

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