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Winter storm turns fatal in Newfoundland

NEWFOUNDLAND (NEWS1130) – One person has died and eight others are sick from carbon monoxide poisoning in Newfoundland, as the province endures the fourth day of power outages in frigid temperatures.

Hydro crews have been working furiously to restore power to the thousands of people shivering in the dark.

There are now fewer than 5,000 customers without hydro, down from 190,000. Newfoundland Power warns that number will likely fluctuate.

Environment Canada has now issued flash freeze warnings for all of New Brunswick.

It says a sharp cold front is expected to sweep across the province overnight.

Glenn Derene with Consumer Reports says even smartphones are getting affected. “Electronics do tend to sometimes slow down or sometimes freeze up. You do want to try and avoid leaving your phone in a car overnight, especially in bitter cold temperatures.”