While many Canadians were enjoying the first Saturday of the month, others across Atlantic Canada dealt with an insane fall storm that has some exceptionally damaging effects.
Heavy rain and strong winds were expected last night on November 3rd across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland but the storm actually damaged numerous power lines in multiple provinces. Now, as a result, over 100,000 Canadians woke up Sunday morning without any power and may be left in the dark for the next 24 hours.
High winds have caused widespread outages across #NB. Damage Assessment is currently in progress. Winds remain an issue. Restoration efforts have begun and may exceed 24 hours in some areas. Please make appropriate plans to keep your family safe. pic.twitter.com/DU9pNJRK4T— NB Power (@NB_Power) November 4, 2018
According to CBC, winds in New Brunswick have slowed down, but some gusts continue to travel as quickly as 90 kilometres per hour. The 90,000 residents in the province without power also shouldn't expect it to come back on any time soon, as the assessment of damage could take up to 24 hours.
That being said, strong winds have broken multiple utility poles across the Maritime provinces, broken trees have taken down power lines, and floods from heavy rains have caused serious hazards on the Eastern side of Canada.
Over 90,000 people in New Brunswick are without power, with 19,000 Nova Scotians also currently in the dark. The Fredericton fire department told CBC that they received over 100 calls on Saturday night alone.
Strong winds have broken utility poles and blown trees onto powerlines across NS, particularly in the south and northwestern areas. Crews continue to safely work to restore affected customers - stay tuned to https://t.co/cKMppFqg0n for the latest info. #nsstorm pic.twitter.com/ohSQNokIJ8— Nova Scotia Power (@nspowerinc) November 4, 2018
Hundreds of utility crews are working across Atlantic Canada this Sunday to ensure that those Canadians without power will have soon be able to access their heat and food soon. While there is still a 24-hour wait time expected, crews are working as quickly as possible to ensure power will be back.
Community shelters have also been opening their doors (if they have power) to Canadians who need a shower or to use WIFI to seek further arrangements. All we can hope is that the power is restored for those in Atlantic Canada as soon as possible.