Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro prepares for weather related to Hurricane Arthur

July 4th, 2014

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is preparing for extreme weather related to Hurricane Arthur. Environment Canada is forecasting strong winds and heavy rain for portions of the province on Sunday, July 6.

Hydro is ensuring the readiness of its generation and transmission systems in preparation for the storm. The Energy Control Centre is monitoring the storm and the system closely and all stand-by generation has been tested and operations personnel are preparing so they can respond quickly in the event of weather related impacts on the system.

Customers are urged to be prepared and stay safe. Safety information can be found at and

Some things to include in an emergency kit include:
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• Battery or crank operated radio
• First aid kit
• Bottled water (2 litres per person per day)
• Any medications you may need
• Corded telephone or a fully charged cell phone
• Non-perishable foods
• Warm clothing and blankets
• Games, cards and books to keep everyone busy
• To protect equipment unplug all sensitive electronic appliances during storms -DVD players, televisions, etc.

Some tips for staying safe during a power outage:
• Never go near or touch a fallen power line.
• Don’t use camp stoves or barbecues indoors as they produce hazardous fumes.
• Turn thermostats to the lowest setting or switch them off; and keep only one light on to let you know when power has been restored.
• Do not plug a portable generator into the wiring system of a home or building. This action could result in serious injury to utility workers.
• Listen to the radio.
• Stay warm with blankets and wearing layers.
• Spend some quiet, quality time with friends and family while crews work to safely restore power.

If power outages occur in Hydro’s service area customers can get updates on the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies (24 hrs) line at 1-888-737-1296 or on Hydro’s website at

Media Contact:

Jill Pitcher
Senior Communications Advisor, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
t. 709.737.1219 / c. 709.689.9938 e.