Intense thunderstorm knocks down trees, prompts outages in N.B.
Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 11:55AM ADT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 7, 2018 9:14PM ADT
In a flash, a hot and humid holiday Monday turned into a downpour of heavy rain in the New Brunswick capital.
Trees were snapped and uprooted all around downtown Fredericton, with a few falling on vehicles and buildings.
Clearing it away will take time.
“We actually started getting calls there last night,” said Jake Billings, a tree removal company owner.“We're getting phone calls all day were probably going to be quite busy for the next three or four days at least.”
Thousands of NB Power customers have been without electricity throughout Tuesday, with the humidity only getting higher.
Roughly 4,000 Fredericton residents were without power at the height of the storm.
The city says crews are working to remove trees. Residents are also being asked to stay away from downed power lines.
According to NB Power’s outage map, close to 800 New Brunswickers were still without power as of 11:45 a.m., with roughly 625 of those outages reported in Fredericton and surrounding areas.
The city of Fredericton says it too soon to know exactly how many trees came down.
“I am surprised at the tree here and how healthy it was and how it still came over regardless of its health and size
While there was damage all around downtown Fredericton, fortunately there have been no reported injuries connected to the storm on Monday evening.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Nick Moore.