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Over 50 communities on the Northern Peninsula are without power as of early Sunday evening, according to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s website.
St. Anthony, Englee, Conche, Sally’s Cove, Cow Head, Hawke’s Bay, Port au Choix, Port Saunders, and Daniel’s Harbour are just a few of the many communities reporting outages as of 7 p.m.
Outages are also being reported along the southeast coast in Seal Cove, Gaultois, Furby's Cove and Hermitage.
Hydro expects to have power restored for some communities by 8:30 p.m., while many remain under investigation according to information posted on the Crown corporation’s website.
The Northern Peninsula is presently subject to a wind warning and a winter storm warning, with wind gusts expected to range from 110-130 kilometres per hour.
Newfoundland Power was reporting a power outage in Port aux Basques early Sunday, though the community was no longer listed on the utility company’s website as of 7 p.m. An equipment failure has since caused an unplanned outage in the Trinity Bay South community of Green’s Harbour.
Newfoundland Power is investigating a power outage in the community of Channel-Port aux Basques that likely relates to stormy weather in the area.
According to its website, the outage happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Newfoundland Power has not determined when power will be restored.
That area is the subject of both a Wreckhouse wind warning and a winter storm warning, according to Environment Canada. Winds are forecast to peak at 180 kilometres per hour. Sustained gusts of that magnitude would quality as category 3 wind gusts under the National Hurricane Center’s hurricane wind scale. The center’s website mention a loss of power as a possible outcome under such conditions.
Environment Canada is forecasting 15-25 centimetres of snow for the area.
The RCMP has advised that roads between Channel-Port aux Basques and South Branch are treacherous and slippery and should only be travelled on if “absolutely necessary.”