The winter storm knocks down power lines through P.E.I., and this only worsens.
The winter storm warning remains valid for the entire province, and the weather has knocked out nearly 46,000 Maritime Electric customers. Until 9 am, interruptions ranged between 5,000 and 11,000, but then they jumped to 36,000, and as of 9:45, 46,000.
Both English and French school councils on the island are closed.
- See the Full Cancellation List at the Storm Center.
- Call your cancellation before 1-877-236-9350.
Provincial government services and UPEI postpone opening. Holland campuses are closed all day.
Northumberland ferries canceled their flights during the day, and there are restrictions on the Confederation Bridge, and the winds on the Northumberland Strait break to 100 km / h. In a consultative release on Wednesday, Confederation Bridge said restrictions were possible until 5 am Friday.
Some flights at Charlottetown Airport are canceled or delayed.
The RCMP in Queens County warns drivers of mercy by saying that several cars are out of the way in Pleasant Valley. The power was mostly from Charlottetown at 8 in the morning. Drivers should be aware that traffic lights do not work.
Pleasant valley. Several cars are out of the way, and people still drive fast. Please slow down toad and weather conditions. pic.twitter.com/LG7PcnHuGk
Drivers are also warned to avoid downed power lines. One reported on route 2 to Summerside, between East Drive and Central Street, and the other to O'Lyry Road in Springfield West.
Strong winds, heavy snow
CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said that the big trouble with this storm was the wind.
“The amount of snow is not too heavy — it is heavy enough that it creates a mess — but the weight of this snow and the combination of heavy sleet and strong winds were a real problem,” said Scotland.
The winds will break as hard as 100 km / h during the day, and even in the evening they will rummage as hard as 80 km / h.
Plow dispatchers report not only bad weather conditions, but also power lines along roads in Prince and Queens counties.
Power crews on the road
Marine electronics reports disconnecting from 3 am and since then has crews on the road.
A spokesman for Maritime Electric, Kim Griffin, said it was useful for people to call and provide information about the damage they see, and in particular, about downed power lines.
“It’s advisable to call so they can explain it to us if we have other questions,” Griffin said.
"[Downed power lines are] really important to us. They are usually resolved immediately. We classify them as emergencies, just so we get to them to make sure that they are not energized and that no one comes in contact with them. ”
Griffin said that at this moment there is no information when the power will be restored. Heavy snow and strong winds are a bad combination for maintaining electricity.