UPDATED: Northern Peninsula towns expected to rotate power into Thursday

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Residents of communities on the Northern Peninsula that have been without electricity since Monday evening will likely experience rotating outages into Thursday, according to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

Approximately 500 Hydro customers in L’anse Aux Meadows, Hay Cove, Gunners Cove, Noddy Bay, Straightsview, St. Lunaire-Griquet and Quirpon remained without power as of Wednesday afternoon.

The outage relates to damage caused by heavy winds. Crews were continuing efforts to repair equipment and restore power on Wednesday.

In a news release, Hydro said if power is restored, it will be rotated among customers in intervals of two-to-three hours at a time. It said that arrangement would likely continue into Thursday until full repairs are completed to stabilize the system.

A new outage occurred Tuesday evening in St. Carol's and Great Brehat due to high winds. Power was restored in those communities by 9 a.m., according to Hydro.

Updates can be obtained by calling 1-888-737-1296 or by checking Hydro’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is facing power outages in several communities on the Northern Peninsula and in southern Labrador on Tuesday and expects some outages will extend into Wednesday.

As of 6:30 p.m., outages continued in St. Lunaire-Griquet and neighbouring communities. Hydro said in a news release it expects some customers may remain without power until Wednesday. Outages in the area were first reported at 11 p.m. Monday.

High winds and blowing snow prevented crews from responding to the power outage until Tuesday morning.

From Flower’s Cove to Eddie’s Cove East, power has been restored for the majority of customers in the area. Hydro crews are continuing to work to restore power for customers in Pine’s Cove, Nameless Cove, Lower Cove, Green Island Cove, and Green Island Brook.

Homes in Red Bay and Pinware in southern Labrador lost power at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Hydro said power was restored to those communities early Tuesday morning.

Hydro advises that stormy weather in those areas may continue to cause intermittent outages heading into Wednesday.

Updates can be obtained by calling 1-888-737-1296 or by checking Hydro’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Geographic location: Southern Labrador, Northern Peninsula, Cove East Red Bay Pinware

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  • Winston Adams
    February 08, 2013 - 09:16

    These power outages should get more attention. Muskrat Falls power is coming to St john's via the Northern Peninsula. I worked as an engineer for Nfld hydro in the70s. That region was always very probabmatic due to salt driven by high winds that causes flashovers on the transmission lines. So I could see it would be a problem for the new Muskrat Falls line. However in the MHI report, on Nalcor advise it seems, it said the risk to outages was similar to existing 230kv lines, and that "salt was not therefore a contaminant". The problem is that our 230 kv lines are generally inland with little risk to salt. Not so on the Northern Peninsula. Is this a major blunder? Nalcor should address this.The media should request a clarification, as those problems could be St john's problems in the future.

  • Wayne R Bennett
    February 06, 2013 - 17:06

    The sad thing about all of this is that: . the town of St. Lunaire-Griquet does not have any back up power fo keep its water and fire fighting supply going . the town did not open a Comfort Centre. The school that the Western School Board wanst to close would make an ideal Emergency Centre . listened to the Mayor on Radio Noon today. A previous interviewee called for a State of Emergency (SOE). The Mayor said, with a lots of noise in the background (it would appear the someone was coaching him or directing him how to respond to the interviewer) that he would have to speak to the province about calling a SOE. A Mayor has all the power to call a SOE on their own. It is clearly written in the Municpalities Act 1999. The Town Clerk should know this. . does the town have an Emergency Plan? Just like Hurriican Igor, I got the impression from the interview that the Mayor was over his head.

  • EDfromRED
    February 06, 2013 - 15:37

    The Government and the power companies expect us to keep warm by jumping for joy over Muskrat Falls! No competition = no service, slapdash repairs...if any. Welcome to the province of Nalcor-Land and Nalcor-Ador.

  • Only ME?
    February 05, 2013 - 19:03

    Am I the only one commenting on this disaster? Harumph. I guess if there was a Costco on the Northern Peninsula with a power outage, it would have gotten more attention? Hydro: FIX the problem. Province-wide!!!