Canada's Maritime Provinces Dig out After Monstrous Weekend Storms

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Canada’s Maritime provinces were digging out Monday from a weekend storm described by meteorologists as a “weather bomb.”

The storm was blamed for the deaths of three people, bringing 25 inches of snow to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and a foot of the white stuff to some areas of New Brunswick, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Powerful winds accompanied the storm, knocking out power to thousands of Maritimes residents.

CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe defined a “weather bomb” as “when you get a low-pressure system that all of a sudden strengthens dramatically. And that’s exactly what happened when this low-pressure system just got to the coast (from Ontario) and basically just picked up all of that water.”

The broadcaster said Grand Etang, Nova Scotia, recorded wind gusts of 101 mph.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the CBC an 83-year-old Nova Scotia man was found dead outside his home Sunday, likely after falling and being caught outside in the storm overnight.

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