Maritime Electric crews on standby for latest storm

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Christian Mucyo rides his bike through the slush and snow in Charlottetown on Dec. 4, 2015. Mucyo has seen plenty of snow since moving in February from Uganda to P.E.I.

Matthew Wilson huddled over his barbecue, sipping a glass of wine in the dark.

This wasn’t a summer night, it was last weekend and Wilson was frying up a frozen pizza on the grill during a storm that knocked out the power.

Wilson was one of roughly 18,000 Maritime Electric customers who lost power during the first weekend of December, and is preparing for another storm to hit P.E.I. Tuesday.

Maritime Electric customers could be looking at the same volley of wet and heavy snow, which may force many Islanders to stock up and settle in.

High winds reaching upwards of 70 km/h are expected for today, according to Environment Canada, as well as snow, rain and ice pellets in the afternoon and early evening.

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A snowfall warning is is place for Prince County.

Kim Griffin, spokewoman for Maritime Electric, says they are in “storm-ready mode.”

“This mix of what is being forecasted now with ice pellets and high winds, that is a storm that is of high concern to us,” Griffin said, “this is the type of storm we watch very closely.”

Griffin said Maritime Electric has crews on standby.

The Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) remains focused on the safety of Island residents, encouraging people once again to remain inside.

Tanya Mullally, provincial emergency management co-ordinator for the EMO, believes residents should take advantage of any opportunity to prepare before the storm.

“Be prepared for at least 72 hours,” Mullally said.

“We really encourage people to be self sufficient at home.”

Mullally says it’s as simple as having extra batteries and enough bottled water at home for at least a couple days, and, if possible, a supply of food that doesn’t require heat.

“The priority is always to be safe, don’t get out and shovel walkways or pull branches if you’re not safe ... once the event is over then it’s time to head outside, shovel their walkway, and make sure their civic address is visible for emergency personnel.”

Organizations: Maritime Electric, Emergency Measures Organization, Environment Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., Prince, Iceland

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