It’s time to clean up in the Atlantic provinces after Fiona’s passage


It is time to acknowledge the extent of the damage and to clean up in the Atlantic provinces after the passage of post-tropical storm Fiona which is now moving towards the Labrador Sea, while losing its strength.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston and several members of his cabinet were due to visit some of the hardest-hit areas of Cape Breton by helicopter on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who canceled his planned visit to Japan for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he too will travel to the Maritimes as soon as possible.

There were still nearly 267,000 Nova Scotia customers without power as of 6 a.m. local time Sunday, while virtually all of Prince Edward Island’s citizens, or 82,414 Maritime Electric customers , woke up for a second day in the dark.

The morning tally also showed more than 20,600 homes and businesses without power in New Brunswick, where the province’s utilities are warning that it could be several more days before power returns to all sectors.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland Power reported outages affecting more than 3,600 customers as tropical storm winds uprooted trees and damaged power lines, although Environment Canada said winds would decrease by intensity Sunday morning.

Wind warnings, blowing at 80 km / h, were still in effect for the regions of Red Bay to L’Anse-au-Clair, Port Saunders and the Strait of Belle Isle, with gusts of 100 to 110 kph.

Defense Minister Anita Anand said Saturday that members of the Canadian Armed Forces had started preparing even before receiving the request for help from Nova Scotia, and that troops will be deployed to the other provinces that will also request it.

No details were provided on the number of troops deployed, but Minister Anand said the military has started doing reconnaissance on the ground to ensure troops are sent to where they are most needed. required.

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