Fiona: 13,000 customers without power 13 days after storm


Near 13,000 clients are nonetheless with out energy in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island virtually two weeks after post-tropical storm Fiona made landfall within the area on Sept. 23.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Nova Scotia Energy was reporting 1,484 energetic outages affecting 4,085 clients, with greater than half of the outages affecting Pictou County. It seems energy has been restored to a lot of the Truro space. Roughly 325 clients in Cape Breton are nonetheless ready for his or her energy to be restored.

In response to the most recent outage map, it’s estimated energy will likely be restored to all Nova Scotians by Sunday.

In a Thursday afternoon press launch, Nova Scotia Energy mentioned, given the in depth injury, it’s doable some particular person clients could possibly be with out energy past the weekend.

The utility mentioned in a Twitter replace earlier within the day that there have been greater than 900 crew members engaged on restoration efforts in northeastern Nova Scotia. Further crews will likely be moved into the area later Thursday. 

Nova Scotia Energy says its primary problem continues to be single-customer outages, with over 1,000 remaining within the area.

“It has been delivered to our consideration that clients are having a troublesome time getting a licensed electrician to their house in communities within the northeast as a result of variety of damaged meter masts within the space,” mentioned Lia MacDonald, Nova Scotia Energy’s northeast emergency operations centre lead, in Thursday’s launch.

“We’re supporting clients who need assistance discovering a licensed electrician to allow them to have the repairs made and we are able to safely restore energy.”

The continuing outages and restoration efforts prompted the Nova Scotia authorities to declare a state of emergency in Cape Breton and 6 counties in northern Nova Scotia on Wednesday.

The province says the state of emergency will enable the army to carry out civilian highway work and supply legal responsibility protection. It’s going to stay in impact for 14 days, except the federal government terminates or extends it. 


On Prince Edward Island, 8,879 Maritime Electrical clients have been nonetheless with out energy as of Thursday afternoon. The most important focus of consumers stays within the Charlottetown space.

5 faculties stay closed on the island Thursday.

A begin date has but to introduced for École Évangéline lessons to maneuver to to L’Exposition Agricole et le Competition Acadien grounds. Prince Road Elementary, Queen Charlotte Intermediate, St. Jean Elementary and West Kent faculties additionally stay closed.

In a tweet Wednesday, town of Charlottetown urged residents to keep away from areas surrounding closed faculties and the place energy crews are working.  

In its newest press launch, the P.E.I. authorities mentioned the highest precedence stays clearing roads of Fiona-related injury and particles.

The Metropolis of Charlottetown additionally says work crews will proceed cleanup efforts in parks and on trails for “a number of weeks.”

Seven parks and playgrounds are closed till additional discover:

  • Messer Park

  • MacMillan Park

  • Upton Park

  • Connaught Sq.

  • MacPherson Park

  • J Muise Park

  • MacLean Park

Hearth Station #1 on Kent Road is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anybody in want of Wi-Fi, water, snacks and electrical energy.

The provincial authorities has additionally compiled an inventory of reception centres open throughout the island.

Individuals also can contact the Canadian Purple Cross at 1-800-863-6582, or by way of their web site, in the event that they want momentary emergency shelter. 


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