The Magdalen Islands Were Hit by Hurricane Dorian

Roofs were torn out, trees uprooted, a portion of the road had to be closed.

Dorian struck the Îles-de-la-Madeleine in the night from Saturday to Sunday and is currently racing towards the Lower North Shore and Newfoundland.

At the height of the post-tropical storm on Saturday in the early evening, the winds gusted to nearly 130 km/h.

“The night was very hectic, winds very, very powerful all through the night, power outages in the early evening, several thousand customers who have been without electricity since yesterday,” says the mayor of the Islands -de-la-Madeleine, Jonathan Lapierre.

“Damage [has] been caused to some facilities like wharves, marinas, boats, some roofs that literally flew away,” he adds. Fortunately, no one is hurt.

At least 50 mm of rain would have fallen in the night, and the rains still have to last a part of the day.

According to Hydro-Québec, nearly 4,000 households are deprived of power on Sunday morning, which is 35% of the Madelinian population.

“The good news is that there is no big break, we do not have dozens and dozens of poles to change or repair,” says Jonathan Côté, spokesman for Hydro-Québec.

The situation should, according to Mr. Côté, be reduced as soon as the winds weaken.

“During the day everything should be placed,” he says.

CTMA Ferry said Saturday it has postponed Sunday’s sea crossing between Souris, Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands overnight, Monday.

On Sunday, Dorian will cross the Gulf of St. Lawrence and crash on Blanc-Sablon, in the extreme east of Quebec, where gusts of 110 km/h and 90 mm of rain are expected.



Source: TVAnouvelles