In the dark

Thou­sands of Is­lan­ders were in the Fri­day evening af­ter se­vere thun­der­storms hit parts of the prov­ince

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MAU­REEN COUL­TER mau­reen.coul­ter@the­ Twit­­reenEl­izaC

A thun­der­storm rolled across P.E.I Fri­day evening knock­ing out power of 20,000 cus­tomers dur­ing the height of the storm.

Kim Grif­fin, spokes­woman for Mar­itime Elec­tric, said the calls started pour­ing in as the storm hit Char­lot­te­town and moved east.

“At this point the full assess­ment isn’t in, we ba­si­cally know it was a re­sult of the storm,” said Grif­fin in an in­ter­view Fri­day at 10:45 p.m.

Grif­fin said they had a num­ber of re­ports of trees that had been hit and had come down on lines.

The “se­vere thun­der­storm” brought thun­der, light­ning, wind and heavy rain. The thun­der­storm watch by En­vi­ron­ment Canada ended shortly af­ter 10 p.m. Fri­day.

“We had seen the warn­ing for the storm com­ing,” said Grif­fin. “As the warn­ings came out, we were watch­ing it closely be­cause cer­tainly with light­ning storms it’s a con­cern to us as well. You just never know how many strikes or how quickly it’s go­ing to pass through.”

Mar­itime Elec­tric crews were dis­patched quickly and were able to get the power back on to the ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers.

How­ever as of The Guardian’s press time, ap­prox­i­mately 4,800 cus­tomers were still with­out power.

Grif­fin said crews were out try­ing to find the source of the out­ages for th­ese cus­tomers.

“We are go­ing to keep our crews out all night to try and con­tinue to re­store power,” said Grif­fin.

The main ar­eas with­out power Fri­day night in­cluded Ding­well Mills, Souris and the Georgetown area.

Other smaller in­di­vid­ual pock­ets of out­ages in­cluded Hunter River, West Roy­alty and Sher­wood.


Side­ways rain and wind caught many peo­ple out­side on Fri­day evening as thun­der­storms rolled across the prov­ince.

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