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Atlantic Canada cleans up after powerful Nor'easter

Staff writers

February 11, 2013 — It's clean-up day across much of Atlantic Canada after a powerful Nor'easter brought heavy snow, fierce winds and strong storm surge to the region over the weekend.

Maritime snow totals as of Sunday night.
Maritime snow totals as of Sunday night.

The low pressure system that pummelled Ontario was absorbed into a powerful Nor'easter over the weekend.

Parts of the Maritimes saw between 30-50 cm of snow. Moncton boasted 40 cm, Charlottetown saw 30, followed by Halifax with 27 cm.

In Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 51 cm had piled up by Saturday evening, smashing the previous daily snowfall record for February 9. The previous record was 13.7 cm, set in 1952.

As the worst of the system pushed out from the Maritimes, it brought a potent winter wallop across Newfoundland most of Sunday.

St. John's saw over 20 cm by Sunday night, with strong winds of up to 100 km/h making matters worse.

Reduced visibility was a major factor on Sunday for much of Atlantic Canada. 

Peak wind gusts
Peak wind gusts

Several flights were cancelled at St. John's International Airport while Marine Atlantic suspended ferry service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Port aux Basques, NL. About a dozen flights were also called off at Halifax International Airport.

Nova Scotia Power said more than 20,000 customers were without electricity on Saturday, but by early Sunday morning all but a handful had been re-connected. 

In New Brunswick, more than 1,000 were in the dark Saturday, but by Sunday afternoon, that number was down to just over 200, mostly in the St. Stephen area.

The storm caused also some flooding for residents on Nova Scotia's southwest tip.

The owners of several coastal properties are assessing the damage caused by tidal surges in Shelburne and Liverpool.

Officials are warning commuters to expect a slower commute on Monday as snow removal continues on major downtown streets.

The storm has been a high-impact event, not just for Atlantic Canada, but for the US eastern seaboard as well, where states of emergency were declared in several states.

With files from The Canadian Press

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