Photo: Stephen MacGillivray, The canadian Press
In Moncton, New Brunswick, a pedestrian walk in the center of a street, deserted by the drivers at the beginning of the storm.
After enduring a wave of extreme cold, the Quebec battling it since Thursday, a powerful storm of snow. Dating back to the american east coast with winds of 100 km/h and snow accumulations of over 30 cm, the depression has hit the Atlantic provinces and eastern Quebec by the end of the day.
Environment Canada has launched several watches and warnings winter storm for the maritimes and some areas of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Quebec will not escape the storm, which will bring strong winds and lots of snow, according to meteorologist Jean-Philippe Bégin. Thursday afternoon, the snow was already beginning to bury the eastern Townships, near the american border.
The most affected regions — the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord — should receive between 20 and 50 cm, as well as gusts of 70 to 90 km/h, which rise up from the blowing snow.
“We are expecting zero visibility, especially in the Gaspé and on the North Shore,” says Dr. Bégin. It advises people to rethink their travel in the next 24 hours. “
Southern Quebec is also expected to receive 5 to 10 cm, while the north-west will be completely spared.
If the storm is expected to calm down Saturday, the gusts will still be present and the road conditions, also difficult. The strong winds will once again fall of the mercury between -15 and -20 °C, ” says Bégin.
The impact of these difficult weather conditions was already being felt Thursday. At the Montréal-Trudeau airport more than 740 arrivals and departures to the east coast u.s. and canada have been cancelled. Several airlines have already warned their customers of possible delays and cancellations of flights in the coming days.
Orléans Express has announced that a series of delays, cancellations or interruptions of the course were to provide for bus routes connecting Rimouski and Rivière-du-Loup to Quebec city and Montreal.
In the evening, several roads and sections of highways were closed to traffic in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie.
Cocktail weather in eastern canada
Nova Scotia is preparing to receive a cocktail of weather : rain, high winds, blizzards, and even storm surges. Nearly 40 cm of snow and gusts of up to 130 km/h are expected.
Some 17,000 nova scotians were already without electricity Thursday. Approximately 115 workers at Hydro-Quebec have been sent to lend a helping hand to more than 1000 workers of Nova Scotia Power.
Schools, shops and ferries have suspended their services and the majority of flights and ferries have been cancelled, including the one doing the binding between l’île-du-Prince-Edward island and the Magdalen islands, handed over to the next day.
The risk of flooding coastal are also expected in the region of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and along the river St. Lawrence, from Blanc-Sablon to Quebec city.
Chaos in the United States
In the United States, the storm caused chaos on its trajectory. Flights cancelled, schools closed, roads impassable and power failures have crippled several east coast States.
Dozens of centimeters of snow fell, warnings, blizzard are in force and the state of emergency was declared in many areas.
Thursday evening, four persons have lost their lives in North Carolina and South due to leave the road. Another driver died near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
“This is not a storm normal. If you don’t have to take the road, do not do it. Be careful and stay safe, ” wrote the governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, on his Twitter account Thursday, shortly after declaring a state of emergency for the cities of New York, Westchester and Long Island.
The gusts have caused widespread flooding between Massachusetts and Maine, covering the docks, the streets and entering some buildings.
Photo: Peter Pereira, Associated Press
In New Bedford, Massachusetts, this man has braved the snow, the wind and the cold to go the shops on the commercial street.
The Massachusetts and Rhode Island prepared to receive up to 45 centimetres of snow in the night from Thursday to Friday.
“It has already seen, but it has been two winters really mild these last few years. […] There is like a collective amnesia of a storm in the other “, writes Geneviève Martel, installed nine years ago to Cambridge, in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.
This Quebec original critical tone alarmist local media, which creates “a state of alarm useless” in the population. “I went to the grocery store yesterday and the store was decimated, there was nothing more,” she says. This is not a catastrophe, it is a storm. Nobody will be stuck for 10 days without electricity in his house. “
More to the south, of Quebec who spent their vacation in Florida to escape the winter had to draw a cross on the sun and the mild temperatures of the region.
Having made the trip up to Daytona Beach for bike with his friends, Stephane Patry, had to revise its plans. “There were two days where it was really cold, so we did not do the motorcycle,” he says.
But the few flakes of snow fell on their two-wheelers on Thursday morning were not prevented from practicing their favorite activity. “Well dressed, it’s okay, I had my tuque on the head. Us Americans are crazy “, lance-t-il at the end of the wire to a tone below.
A few kilometres away, in the city of Orlando, Montreal, Josue Moya Diaz and her family superimposed layers of sweaters and simply do indoor activities.
“We were not equipped for that, we had taken coats autumn and arriving here, with the humidity and the wind, it was really cold,” he says. The worst thing is that we have done several stores to find coats more warm, but [without success]. “
The return to Montreal expected Sunday are very worried that the father of the family, whereas the State of New York has just declared a state of emergency.
Farther south, in Hollywood, if the snow has not fallen, the cold is quite the appointment, confirms Richard Clavet, owner of the Richard’s Motel. “Some Québécois disappointed were ahead of their departure, others have been delayed in their arrival because of the conditions,” he says.