Hundreds of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Hundreds of thousands in Atlantic Canada still in the dark after Hurricane Dorian

Two days after Hurricane Dorian swept through Atlantic Canada, hundreds of thousands of people still have no power, leaving schools and some businesses closed Monday.

The Category 2 hurricane made landfall near Sambro, N.S., on Saturday, taking down power lines and trees across the region, and leaving a mess for power utility crews that may take up to a week to fully recover from, said Nova Scotia Power president Karen Hutt on Sunday.

A total of 211,000 Nova Scotia Power customers remained in the dark Monday morning, as of 6 a.m. AT. 

In other provinces, here are the number of customers without power due to Dorian:

  • 21,000 in Prince Edward Island.
  • 15,000 in New Brunswick.
  • 1,500 in Newfoundland.   

Hutt said the work won’t be quick. 

“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. 

“There’s some major, major tree damage,” Hutt told CBC’s Information Morning on Monday.  

The province’s South Shore and the Halifax area were most affected by outages, she said. 

The privately owned utility is managing its restoration plan according to the path Dorian struck, she said, leaving Cape Breton Island as one of the last places in the province that will addressed.

The provincial government will focus its efforts on restoring power and cellphone services on Monday, said Premier Stephen McNeil.

The networks of several cell providers have been down or intermittently working following Dorian. 

Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces staff deployed Sunday continued to assist crews clearing roads and removing downed trees Monday. 

N.S. schools shut, drivers told to stay off roads

Emergency management officials urged drivers to stay off the roads after snaking drive-thru lines impeded the path of emergency vehicles on Sunday. 

Public schools across Nova Scotia are closed Monday.

After weekend ferry closures, Marine Atlantic is keeping an eye on the weather forecast in hopes of getting its crossings back on track.

Dorian’s storm system is tracking more than 150 nautical miles off Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula, into the North Atlantic.

The hurricane left 70,000 people in need of food and shelter and at least 44 dead when it struck the Bahamas last week. There are fears a “staggering” untold number of people died as thousands remain missing after the Category 5 hurricane pummelled the islands for two days. 

The Outer Bank Islands of North Carolina were also struck by Dorian, leaving four dead.