Power outages and road closures continue in Newfoundland


Grand Bay, NL. Photo: Roland Kettle.

The assessment and cleanup continues after Hurricane Fiona ripped across Atlantic Canada on Friday and Saturday leaving a path of destruction.


There were thousands without power in the Maritime provinces. Fiona tore across the region snapping off power lines and poles. Trees were uprooted and there was widespread flooding.


A state or emergency was declared on Cape Breton Island.


Officials were asking people to remain in their homes if it was safe to do so.


In Newfoundland, the communities of Port aux Basques and Burnt Islands issued states of emergency as Fiona sent waves and storm surge through communities on the southwest coast.


One person was sent to hospital after being swept into the ocean. Another woman was reported missing.


In Port aux Basques first responders were dealing with multiple electrical fires, residential flooding and washouts.


From there the storm tore up through the west coast knocking out power to thousands.


Fiona is unofficially the lowest pressured land falling storm in Canada according to the Canadian Hurricane Centre with a barometric pressure of 931.6 MB at Hart Island.


Federal Response

The federal government provides update.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that at the request of Nova Scotia the military has been deployed. The federal incident response group also met and has promised "any necessary resources" to assist.


The federal government will also match any donations from individuals and corporations made to the Canadian Red Cross for the next 30 days.


Minister of National Defence Anita Anand says that all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces have prepared to assist. This includes navy, air force, and army resources and personnel from the Immediate Response Unit in Gagetown.


Power outages

This morning there are still thousands without power.


Current outages as of 8:00 NT

  • Gallants - Spruce Brook

  • Corner Brook (Townsite)

  • Burnt Islands, Rose Blanche-Harbour Le Cou

  • Port Aux Basques (Channel)

  • Port Aux Basques (Regional St)

  • Port Aux Basques (Regional St)

  • Searston

  • Codroy – Millville, O’Regan’s, Mcdougalls, Doyles, South Branch, Searston, St Andrews

  • Black Duck Siding

  • Isle aux Morts

Travel:


All Marine Atlantic crossings scheduled for this morning are cancelled and crossings for later today could also be impacted. The Marine Atlantic call centre is also closed as a result of the storm.


Route 408 Cape Ray Road is closed. The road 4 km east of Burnt Islands to 4.75 km east of Burnt Islands on eastbound lanes is down to one lane due to a shoulder washout.


Flooding has forced the closure in the vicinity east of Peter's River to Vicinity north of St. Vincent's.