HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power is preparing for a winter storm that’s expected to bring heavy snowfall, rain and significant winds to Nova Scotia early Sunday morning and throughout the day as it travels across the province.
“We have been monitoring this storm carefully and have been moving crews into position throughout the province in order to ensure we can respond as needed for our customers,” says Paul Casey, Senior Director, Transmission and Distribution and Storm Lead. “We keep safety as our absolute top priority and we encourage our customers to do the same.”
Outages may be caused by snow and ice buildup on electrical equipment and high winds may cause trees or branches to fall onto power lines.
As the storm progresses, un-cleared roads may make some damaged areas inaccessible, and high winds may make it unsafe for our crews to go up in bucket lifts, so we urge our customers to be prepared. If your power goes out, crews will respond as soon as it is safe for them to do so.
Customers can prepare by following these storm preparation tips:
- Have an emergency kit ready with flashlights, a battery-operated radio and fresh water
- Ensure backup generators are installed by a qualified electrician
- Keep portable heaters away from curtains or other flammable materials
- If you rely on well water, fill your bathtub with water and have a bucket handy to use to flush your toilet
- Charge all cell phones, devices and battery packs
- If you lose power, turn off and unplug electrical equipment, such as TVs, DVD players, computers and tablets
For information about outages and estimated restoration times, customers can visit our outage map www.nspower.ca/outages, or call our outage information line at 1-877-428-6004. Local radio stations often provide updated local reports as well. We provide estimated restoration times based on the weather patterns and past experience in each area of the province. Estimates may be updated as crews are able to fully assess damaged areas; some individual outages may last longer, or be restored more quickly depending on the damage and road conditions.
More information on being prepared for potential power outages is available at www.nspower.ca/stormready.