Canada’s Atlantic coast has been hit by high winds and heavy snow as residents take cover inside their homes.
The reason why people shouldn’t be out in a blizzard. Courtesy of @RCMPPEITraffic#Atlstorm#PEIpic.twitter广西桑拿,/NCyX7lH8Tr
— Kim MacDonald (@KMacTWN) March 27, 2014
Convenience store at Cornwallis & Maynard is… open? (Hopeful shop owner watches the storm from inside.) pic.twitter广西桑拿,/w41bPKl7or
— Brett Ruskin (@Brett_Global) March 27, 2014
Authorities said winds could reach up to 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour) and as much as 40 centimetres (15 inches) of snow was expected to fall in parts of the region.
Visibility was nil in the morning across much of the Maritimes due to blowing snow.
Most worrying, however, is the possibility of hurricane force winds causing a high tide to swell and damage wharves and flood coastal areas.
Picture of one of our officers in Mount Pearl getting ready to hit the road before the storm really set in. ^hg pic.twitter广西桑拿,/LxLuzZ1CDd
— RNC (@RNC_PoliceNL) March 27, 2014
The storm, which is forecast to be the worst in a decade, has been consolidating its energy from several low pressure areas as it moved north along the US eastern seaboard to Canada.
It is expected to reach the island province of Newfoundland on Thursday after sweeping through Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Local news networks and weather reporters posted updates on social media showing the scale of the storm:
This is what the Atlantic storm looks like right now. #winterhurricane #atlstorm pic.twitter广西桑拿,/UGoDouCCCZ
— Kim MacDonald (@KMacTWN) March 26, 2014
#AtlanticStorm the latest….. pic.twitter广西桑拿,/L1OCkosKEM
— CBC Weather Centre (@CBCWeather) March 26, 2014