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Nova Scotia Power gears up for Tropical Storm Philippe

By Evan Taylor Oct 6, 2023 | 1:07 PM

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Nova Scotia Power is taking proactive measures in anticipation of the approaching Tropical Storm Philippe, which is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to parts of the province. The utility company will activate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on Saturday, October 7, to coordinate its response to the storm.

Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s Storm Lead, explained the decision, stating, “We’ve been keeping an eye on this tropical storm all week, and based on the latest weather forecasts, we have decided to open our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). We are expecting high winds and rain, especially in the western part of the province and metro, as Philippe arrives overnight Saturday and into Thanksgiving Sunday.”

The EOC serves as a central hub for planning and coordinating the company’s storm response and will be staffed with employees from various departments. Nova Scotia Power is also collaborating closely with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office to ensure a comprehensive response.

Drover emphasized the company’s commitment to safety and prompt response, saying, “We are taking every precaution and will have crews in place and working to respond safely and as quickly as possible. A sincere thank you to each and every member of our team and others who will be working this holiday weekend. As our team finalizes plans, we encourage customers to be prepared as well by monitoring local weather forecasts and ensuring their emergency kits are stocked and ready.”

For detailed safety and storm preparedness tips, customers can visit Nova Scotia Power’s website at www.nspower.ca/stormready.

Additionally, building owners are urged to secure materials and debris at construction sites to help prevent unnecessary power outages during the storm.

Customers can report power outages and obtain estimated restoration times online at outagemap.nspower.ca or by calling 1-877-428-6004. Restoration times will be updated as crews assess the damage. Further information on restoration phases is available at http://nspower.ca/storm.