Power outages in central Newfoundland and along the Northern Peninsula are persisting as of late Thursday evening, with some towns expected to remain without power overnight.
In an update issued shortly before 9:30 p.m., Newfoundland Hydro said line crews were finding it difficult to work given extreme weather conditions. Work has been suspended until Friday morning.
Several communities will remain without power overnight, including Springdale Junction, South Brook, Triton, Pilley’s Island, Long Island, Roberts Arm, La Scie, Harbour Round, Tilt Cove, and Goose Cove, amongst others. A detailed list of outages can be found on its website.
Power has been restored in Beachside, Kings Point, Purbecks Cove, and the Hampden and Beaches areas.
Meanwhile, Newfoundland Power said a mobile generating unit was due to arrive for Badger Thursday evening in hopes that power can be restored to the majority of homes in the area by Friday afternoon.
Outages remain in effect for Grand Falls-Windsor, Norris Arm North, Leading Tickles and Fortune Harbour. Crews were reportedly on site in Grand Falls-Windsor as of late Thursday evening.
Newfoundland Power is reporting several power outages in Grand Falls-Windsor, Baie Verte, Springdale,Buchans, Lewisporte and vicinity due to severe winter weather conditions.
The utility has posted on Twitter that the most severe damage to its system is currently in Badger. "Mobile generation is on the way and we’re expecting power by noon tomorrow."
Newfoundland Power's website lists communities affected by power outages at http://www.newfoundlandpower.com/Outages/ViewPowerOutages/Details.aspx
Road conditions are also poor in areas with snowfall and slushy conditions.
The RCMP in Grand Falls is advising the general public that road conditions are unsafe and continuing to deteriorate between Badger and South Brook.
There are two snow-clearing trucks off the road, as well as a jack-knifed transport truck.
Police are asking motorists to avoid travel on these routes, if possible.
A winter storm is affecting many areas of the province today, except the east coast and Avalon region.
Environment Canada has issued warnings for the Northern Peninsula, west coast, central Newfoundland and parts of Labrador and is advising the public to monitor weather updates.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is reporting power outages in many communities in central Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula caused by winter storm conditions and heavy winds.
Hydro said in a news release that there will likely be an extended outage for many customers.
A full list of communities impacted can be found on its customer service outage page at http://callcenter.nlh.nl.ca/outage.
Crews have been dispatched to all areas affected, but Hydro said weather conditions are affecting crews’ abilities to safely restore power.
"We will provide updates on restoration as they become available," Hydro said in its release.
Customers can get updates on the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies 24-hour line
at 1‐888‐764‐9376 (1‐888‐76‐HYDRO).