Winter-like storm results in widespread power outages, prompts state of emergency in Badger, Newfoundland
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:41 PM -
A powerful winter-like storm has been affecting parts of western, northern and central Newfoundland prompting the community of Badger to issue a state of emergency Thursday.
Powerful winds took out power and the town's water supply, which runs directly off pumps.
About 30 centimetres fells in Badger as of Thursday afternoon.
Newfoundland Power's Michele Coughlan says about 25 poles in the Badger area cracked off in the weather, adding that it will take days to replace them.
In the meantime, a generator has been brought in to provide some power and the Red Cross is supplying water.
The community's town hall has been set up as a command centre to deal with issues that residents are facing.
The storm has brought widespread power outages to the province, with winds reaching 140 km/h in some areas.
Extremely high winds in highly exposed areas, combined with heavy/wet snow and trees across wires were the causes of today’s system damage.— Newfoundland Power (@NFPower) November 21, 2013
Newfoundland Power tweeted Thursday night that there was still 2500 customers without power and that some would be restored through the day on Friday.
Heavy snow has also been reported and will continue in inland portions of Notre Dame Bay area on Friday.
"For these areas, another 10 to 15 cm of snow is expected mainly over higher terrain," Environment Canada says in their warning.
For the northeastern regions of the island, heavy rain will persist as well, bringing an additional 10 to 25 mm through Saturday.