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Wind gusts up to 180 km/h have been reported in Atlantic Canada. That's the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane. Heavy snow and powerful winds will continue to intensify as this Nor'easter pushes through. Travel NOT recommended.

Nor’easter live: Track the storm with news, video and maps


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 3:36 PM -


RELATED: Wednesday afternoon and evening updates continued here


A powerful Nor'easter that's storming through Atlantic Canada has prompted widespread warnings across the region.

Blizzard, wind and storm surge warnings have been issued and residents are being urged to avoid an unnecessary travel.

We'll be providing real-time updates of the system as it unfolds here, so check back often for the latest maps, videos and reports.
Here's a break down of what has happened so far:

WEDNESDAY

4:37 p.m. ADT: MORE POWER OUTAGES REPORTED
According to Nova Scotia Power, 15,500 customers across the province have been left in the dark.

More than 1,600 are without power in New Brunswick. Multiple outages have been reported in PEI as well.

4:10 p.m. ADT: WINDS CONTINUE TO PICK UP

A wind gust of 191 km/h is recorded in the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine. "That's the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Shortly after, a gust of 150 km/h -- the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane -- is recorded in Grand Étang, Nova Scotia, where Weather Network meteorologists Mark Robinson and Chris Scott are reporting live on location.

"It just keeps getting worse and worse," Scott says in a live TV hit.

Conditions are expected to worsen for some communities as the evening progresses.

"Some areas haven't seen the worst of the snow and wind yet," Vettese says.

"PEI, for example, will see conditions deteriorate further as the centre of the low continues north." 

3:30 p.m. ADT: TRAFFIC SHUT DOWN

"Its official," Halifax Traffic tweeted. "All 7 [sic] prov. ferries tied up due to weather. Hasn't happened before that anyone can recall."

A few minutes later, it was announced that all metro transit in the Halifax region is being suspended due to the weather. In New Brunswick, white outs conditions and very low visibility was reported, especially between New Maryland and Fredericton. Newfoundland's Department of Transportation advises motorists to stay off Burgeo Highway due to poor visibility and drifting snow.

3:00 p.m. ADT: NO LONGER A "JUAN-ABE"

"The low of central pressure has now tied the lowest central pressure of White Juan," says Vettese.

2:55 p.m. ADT: WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES

About 7,800 customers are without power in Nova Scotia.

2:30 p.m. ADT: HURRICANE FORCE WIND GUSTS

Winds continue to howl with peak gusts of 180 km/h recorded. 

"That strength is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

"It's snowing just about everywhere in the Maritimes now and this is just the beginning," says Chris St. Clair in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Yarmouth, N.S. is now up to 18 cm of snow, and 18-foot waves have been reported just outside Halifax harbour.

"You really can't take much more than 30 seconds," adds chief meteorologist Chris Scott in Grand Etang, N.S. "The sand is just blasting in my face."

Scott asked for this though, it was a recent item added to his bucket list.

1:30 p.m. ADT: SNOW TOTALS CLIMBING, WINDS CONTINUE TO PICK UP

Between 5-15 cm of snow has been reported across parts of Nova Scotia so far. 

"Keep in mind though, this is all blowing around with wind gusts over 140 km/h in some places," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese. 

Lesser amounts of snow reported in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island right now, but the provinces will be slammed with blizzard conditions later in the day. 

1:00 p.m. ADT: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A FEW HOURS MAKE

Plow operators have been reporting some parked cars on city streets, which are an extreme hazard during whiteout conditions. Residents being urged to move cars off the street if they can.

Most schools have been closed, buses pulled off the roads and flight delays and cancellations reported.

According to Nova Scotia power, 3,000 customers lost power at 12 p.m. Officials say it will likely take until 4 p.m. local time to fix the outages, although more are expected throughout the day.

12:15 p.m. ADT: SNOW PILING UP AT AN IMPRESSIVE RATE

Yarmouth, N.S. has picked up 5 cm of snow in just the last hour alone, bringing the total for the area to 8 cm so far. "Looking really hairy now." 

12:00 p.m. ADT: STAY HOME, STAY SAFE!

Conditions are deteriorating quickly across the Maritimes and it will only continue to get worse throughout the day.

"We're now starting to see winds gust over 100 km/h along the shores of Nova Scotia," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese.

Some recent wind gusts from Nova Scotia:

  • Baccaro Point - 126 km/h
  • Grand Etang - 141 km/h
  • Halifax - 74 km/h
  • Yarmouth - 87 km/h

NEXT PAGE: A STORMY MORNING

"Buses have been pulled off the roads in Halifax, malls and liquor stores are closed as well," says Nathan Coleman. "Stay safe and stay home!"

Coleman remains in the thick of the storm where conditions are strong enough to knock his hat off. Take a look:


11:00 a.m. ADT: TRAVEL COMPLICATIONS BEGIN

"The only things moving on the airfield are the plows," tweeted Halifax Airport.

Strong winds and blowing snow have already resulted in near whiteout conditions and dangerous travel.

Once finished their routes, Metro Transit buses in Halifax will stay off the roads until further notice, officials say. 

Nathan Coleman gives us perspective of the howling winds from the Halifax waterfront. The gusty conditions have completely muffled his audio.


We're thinking this is how many Atlantic Canadians will spend their day today.

10:30 a.m ADT: STORM STARTS TO INTENSIFY 

Winds have started to pick up across the Maritimes with gusts over 70 km/h reported in some places.

"This is nothing though," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal. "Wind gusts will be double these amounts over the next several hours." 

Our extensive team coverage continues...

9:25 a.m. ADT: PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES

Fire officials are warning residents to prepare for possible power outages with this storm. Now would be a good time to round up all your batteries in case the power goes out.

If the power goes out, do NOT use generators or BBQ's inside, Halifax Fire warns.

Halifax Fire has also asked for your help in clearing snow from any nearby fire hydrants.

"It could save a life," officials say.

NEXT PAGE: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM AND EMERGENCY PREPS EARLY WEDNESDAY

9 a.m ADT: CALM BEFORE THE STORM IN CHARLOTTETOWN

Things may look clear and calm now in Prince Edward Island, but just give it a few hours before you see a dramatic change.


8:30 a.m. ADT: LIGHT SNOW BEGINS FALLING IN NOVA SCOTIA

"Light snow falling in Halifax," tweeted The Weather Network's Nathan Coleman. "The first of what is sure to be a return to Winter today."


"Main snow shield just about to move into Halifax metro," added chief meteorologist Chris Scott who is in Cape Breton. "Rough mid-day, but the relatively 'calm' evening may surprise some."

Upwards of 30 cm of snow is forecast in the hardest hit areas by the time all is said and done.

7:30 a.m. ADT: SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STORM PREP

Schools and municipal offices across parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have been closed and several cancellations reported at airports in Fredericton, N.B. and Halifax, N.S.

Halifax Airport tweeted that they have "lots of baby supplies, pet supplies, sleep mats, etc on hand" in case there are any unexpected guests stuck due to storm.

Officials asking residents along Nova Scotia's coastline to stay away from water and prepare for potentially damaging storm surges. Some flooding and local infrastructure damage is possible.

Marine Atlantic cancelled all of its ferry crossings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on Wednesday and Thursday due to high winds and sea conditions.

"Look after your neighbours," said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen MacNeil. "If there are people in your community ... that are living alone or are elderly or needing some support, make sure you keep in touch with them to ensure that everyone weathers the storm.''

NEXT PAGE: THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE STORM, WEATHER NETWORK TEAMS ARRIVE ON SCENE

TUESDAY

5:20 p.m. ADT: WEATHER NETWORK CHIEF METEOROLOGIST CHRIS SCOTT AND STORM HUNTER MARK ROBINSON ARRIVE IN CAPE BRETON


4:00 p.m. ADT: ENVIRONMENT CANADA ISSUES WIDESPREAD WARNINGS
Highlights include:

  • A wind warning for Wreckhouse, NL, with gusts up to 180 km/h.
  • A wind warning for Les Suetes/Inverness County, NS with gusts up to 160 km/h.
  • Storm Surge Warnings in effect for the Moncton/Kent County/Kouchibouguac area.

For a full list of active weather watches and warnings, visit the Alerts section of the website.

3:55 p.m. ADT: CHRIS ST. CLAIR ARRIVES IN MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK



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