Power outages reported around province

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Fire crews and Newfoundland Power crews were kept busy today dealing with the early winter high winds causing several power lines to come down in and around the St. John's metro area. Here at the corner of Campbell Avenue and St. Clare Avenue several main power lines fell down across the roadway causing fire, police and city traffic personnel to close the area to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. City crews placed barricades to streets leading to the areas until power crews were able to resolve the situation and return power to the area. An RNC officer there said they were flat-out trying to keep up with all the calls tonight and a St. John's Regional Fire Department member there said their main concern, was to keep people away from the immediate area, as there was a possibility the ground could be charged with power.
-Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department and crews from Newfoundland Power are responding to a number of power outages and downed lines around the capital region.

According to Newfoundland Power’s website, there are currently outages in parts of Paradise, Donovan’s Industrial Park,  The Commonwealth Avenue area of Mount Pearl, Stavanger Drive, White Hills Road and Virginia Park areas of St. John’s.

The website blames severe weather conditions for the outages.

Other areas of the province are also without power.

In Central Newfoundland, Musgrave Harbour, Durrells, Frederickton, Carmanville, George’s Point, Noggin Cove, Main Point and Harris Point are all said to be experiencing blackouts.

These outages are blamed either on poor weather or are still under investigation.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Regional Fire Department

Geographic location: Paradise, The Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Pearl White Hills Road Virginia Park

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  • Chanwoo Bae
    November 30, 2012 - 12:27

    Totally agree with you. my house in Airports Heights area didn't have power from last night 8 PM to this afternoon about 1:30 PM. There was NO severe weither condition. Something went wrong in NL Power..

  • Mount Pearl Guy
    November 30, 2012 - 07:22

    I think the NL power crews do a great job, out in all kinds of weather. But I have to agree last night was really strange, it was windy , but no worse then we have had before. There wasn't even a wind warning mentioned on the weather network or environment Canada's website. The only warning was on NTV at 6 and that was the 1st I heard of it. Aside from that , it really was a large area affected , reports of power flickering off and on as far out as Whitbourne.

  • Murn
    November 30, 2012 - 04:56

    We lost power here at 7, just as later dinner was started. And it was gone for 6 hours before it flickered back, but just for 10 minutes and down she went again. The weather wasn't all that bad..so I don't get WHY these outages happen? all the way from Stavanger right up to Foxtrap?! REALLY? Just no need! Why? Seriously It was only 50 KM winds most of the night, and not as bad as it's being said on here. It wasn't wind or stormy conditions, it's the lack of update power lines and/or NL Power techs who drag their buts! I had two neighbors with babies on formula coming to my home asking to use my bbq to heat their baby's bottles. There was just no need to have a power outage THAT long over a bit of wind!! And it's very cold out there too, so suffice to say, it's got pretty cold inside as well. FIX THE POWERLINES, UPDATE THEM. Stop spending the provinces money on useless new million dollar buildings go up every which way and million dollar soccer fields, such as the one in Topsail. And start paying attention to the real issues of Newfoundland! Like roads, power lines/wiring, DRUG PROGRAMS for adult addicts. etc etc I can go with what this Province is lacking as of later, but I digress. I recently just moved back here after spending 14 years in Ontario, and I MUST say, this place has gone to the dogs. And I cannot wait to go back to Ontario.

    • Chanwoo Bae
      November 30, 2012 - 12:25

      Totally agree with you. my house in Airports Heights area didn't have power from last night 8 PM to this afternoon about 1:30 PM. There was NO severe weither condition. Something went wrong in NL Power..