Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Trudeau, Goodale and Sajjan to visit Halifax to survey Dorian recovery efforts

Dorian hits Canada's Atlantic coast knocks out power downs a crane Dorian hits Canada's Atlantic coast knocks out power downs a crane
Patty Aguilar | 11 September, 2019, 01:03

Tropical storm-force winds are ruffling southeastern MA as Hurricane Dorian continues to move north.

Nearly 200,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity in Nova Scotia Monday afternoon after a peak of about 400,000 were out Saturday. They'll also survey the cleanup and meet residents.

The prime minister said the federal government has closely monitored the storm's impact throughout the region.

It could be next week before some customers in Nova Scotia have their power restored.

The governor said officials were aware of no serious injuries on the Outer Banks from the storm.

As the storm plowed into Prince Edward Island, about 50,000 homes and businesses were soon without power, as were another 74,000 in New Brunswick.

According to a report by the US National Hurricane Center, the cyclone increased its power by 15 miles per hour (24 km), as well as its travel speed to the northeast.

As well, about 4,500 outages across Nova Scotia represent individual customers, which means one fix will bring electricity back to only one customer.

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Hutt asked those without power to be patient, saying she understood many people were frustrated by the company's inability to promise specific fix deadlines.

"There are certain parts of Halifax that I can say, having seen it first-hand, that there are some very complex restorations that need to occur", Nova Scotia Power president Karen Hutt told CBC's Information Morning on Monday.

Though utility crews were fanning out to complete repairs Sunday, Hutt said the fix work in Nova Scotia would stretch into next week.

Light armoured vehicles were spotted patrolling the streets as soldiers with chainsaws were ready to clear the streets of fallen trees.

Power technicians from Ontario, Quebec, Maine - and as far away as Florida - were dispatched to assist local crews restore power.

The defense ministry said it would send up to 700 troops to help in the clean-up, and Nova Scotians have been asked to stay off the roads so that crews can safely remove trees and debris to restore power. Roofs were blown off, trees and power lines knocked down, and other widespread damage reported.

Schools across the province, as well as some businesses, have had to remain closed due to power outages.

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