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Unprecedented Storm en route to SW Newfoundland

By November 23, 2021September 20th, 2022Personal Insurance, Safety Tips, Storms
Southwestern Newfoundland braces for storm
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Over the next 36 hours, the southwestern edge of Newfoundland and eastern Labrador might get between 200 and 350 mm of rain and high winds, according to meteorologists.

Heavy rain will begin Tuesday morning and continue through Wednesday, according to Justin Boudreau of Environment Canada’s Gander forecast office, as a tropical trough forms over the Port aux Basques and Wreckhouse areas of the island. Boudreau’s colleague, Veronica Sullivan, called the storm ‘unprecedented’. “It’s going to be something to watch. Torrential rain, really gusty winds. It’s really not going to be a good time to be traveling down there,” said Sullivan. Environment Canada is warning that localized flooding and road washouts are likely.

Preparing for a Storm

Residents should have enough food and water on hand for 72 hours and secure all gates, lawn furniture, windows, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything that can be picked up by wind.

Some things to consider when preparing for the imminent weather:

  • top up all vehicle fuel tanks and park away from trees
  • charge cellphones
  • keep pets inside
  • move boats or other watercraft to high ground
  • refrain from leaving candles unattended in the event of a power outage
  • if time allows, do a home inventory checklist, and review your home insurance policy
  • clean gutters and downspouts to allow rain to drain and to prevent flooding and freezing around your foundation.
  • refill your prescriptions, fill up your gas tank and withdraw a week’s worth of cash so you are prepared in the event of a power outage

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Jamie Ross leads the Marketing and Communications team at Wedgwood Insurance, renowned as one of Atlantic Canada’s premier independent insurance brokers. Bringing a wealth of experience amassed over many years at some of Canada's most esteemed advertising agencies, Jamie transitioned to the insurance industry in 2017. This pivotal move has marked a period of significant professional growth and contribution to the field. A native Nova Scotian, Jamie has been a resident of St. John's, NL, since 2011, where he has become an integral part of the local community. Learn more about Jamie.

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