Newfoundland and Labrador faces major early winter storms

Published: November 16, 2018

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Newfoundland and Labrador has been battered by a storm front that has struck the province during this week. Residents have had to contend with strong wins that have brought driving snow and surging waves along coastlines.

Environment Canada described the storm as currently the most powerful and largest happening in the world during Thursday.

“The shore is taking an awful beating,” said Bonavista town clerk David Hiscock. The town is vulnerable because a quarter of it is below sea level, according to Hiscock.

“Those people, they’re not flooded, but they’re the next thing to it.”

Elsewhere in the province, Gander has seen 14 centimetres of snow this week and driving conditions are worsening. So much so there have been warnings of whiteout conditions as winter starts to take hold in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Coastal conditions are also violent, with large waves report along the seafront of the provinces. Indeed, forecasters in NL say the likelihood of floods has increased during high tide, while damage to seaside infrastructure is possible.

On Thursday, many schools either closed or delayed opening as the storms continued to rage. Furthermore, 10,000 residents have been left without power. Hiscock says Bonavista has been left without power from 9 a.m. on Thursday before it returned later in the day.