Hundreds of thousands in Atlantic Canada continue without power after Hurricane


Today is September 10th, the official peak of the hurricane season, and just like temperatures on the rise around the Suncoast today, the tropics are also heating up.

"Our main priority is to clear the roads and to make sure that people without power are safe".

Recovery is now in process, but according to Nova Scotia Power president Karen Hutt, the damage is so extensive it could take a whole week.

All three companies have pointed to the extensive power outages as the cause and say they are working with Nova Scotia Power to get power restored to the affected sites as soon as possible. See photos of Hurricane Dorian's damage in North Carolina here. Lines are down. Trees are blocking the way.

At one point, more than 500,000 electricity consumers in the region were without power, representing 80 per cent of the homes and businesses in Nova Scotia and 75 per cent in Prince Edward Island.

Four days after powerful storm Dorian blasted through the Maritimes, tens of thousands of homes and businesses are still without power. AT, there were 108,260 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

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Canadian soldiers armed with chain saws fanned out across Halifax and the surrounding communities Monday to help clean up the tangled mess of fallen trees and power lines left behind by post-tropical cyclone Dorian.

Capt. Guillaume Lafrance, chief of staff, Joint Task Force Atlantic, said the 380 assigned troops will be joined by 70 reservists from Nova Scotia, bringing the total number of troops to 450.

She said even with the help of utility crews from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Florida and ME, it will likely be next week before the lights are back on in all areas of the province.

Teams continue to remove trees and fix downed power lines in Nova Scotia after Dorian's passage, amidst widespread blackouts and closures, including all public schools.

Nova Scotia Power reported early Monday morning that almost 200,000 of its customers were still waiting to be reconnected, while thousands more in the other Atlantic provinces faced a similar fate. Public schools in Nova Scotia were to reopen Wednesday.