Igor kills 80-year-old man in Nfld.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Police in Newfoundland say high winds and heavy seas continue to limit the search for an 80-year-old man swept out to sea during hurricane Igor.
RCMP Sgt. Boyd Merrill said Wednesday an eyewitness has confirmed the incident where the road beneath the man collapsed on Tuesday in the Random Island area, about 100 kilometres northwest of St. John's.
"The man was actually standing there with another person when he was swept away so that witness, his relative, gave the report to us," said Merrill.
Merrill said locals continue to search for any sign of the man but outside help can't reach the area.
"There's no way to get to Random Island, physically we can't get there," said Merrill. "The sea is too high, the wind is too strong and there's no road."
Meanwhile, Premier Danny Williams will visit various communities to survey the extensive storm damage.
At least 30 communities, including Clarenville and Marystown, have declared states of emergency because of flooding caused by the storm.
In Marystown, Mayor Sam Synard said Tuesday more than 200 millimetres of rain fell in 20 hours, washing sections of road into the sea.
At the height of its fury, Igor packed a peak wind gust of 163 kilometres an hour at Sagona Island.
Dozens of roads were washed out during the storm, which left around 50,000 utility customers without power at times.
The Burin Peninsula was cut off from the rest of the province after a bridge leading to the Trans-Canada Highway was damaged.
--The Canadian Press