The State of Emergency in St. John's continues!

The State of Emergency in St. John's continues!

A month's worth of snow and hurricane-force winds pummeled St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. On day 7, residents are still trying to dig out.

By Ted Laurentius - 25/01/2020

For a wee bit of background, last Friday we had the equivalent of Category 2 hurricane with a snowstorm wrapped up in it that dumped up to 90 cm of snow. We will be in a State of Emergency until 6 AM on Saturday. Residents are still digging out of record-breaking snowfall in Newfoundland, Canada. The Canadian Armed Forces announced it was planning a response to the "unprecedented winter storm." Record-breaking 12 feet of snow over 24 hrs in #StJohns #Newfoundland!

It has been frantic times around here since last Friday when we had a hurricane with 3 feet of snow attached. The city is still in a state of emergency and our yacht club took quite a beating. I am doubtful if I will do much sailing this summer unless there is a miracle. The channel to the sea is blocked with beach rocks that provided protection and some of the wharves are destroyed. At least my boat is high and dry and might stay that way for some time. Oh well, maybe I will take up golf.

Rick Stanley, founder of Ocean Quest, posted pictures on his Facebook page. "You'd be forgiven if you thought this shot was photoshopped but no, it was taken yesterday on Cochrane Pond Road with my daughter Mara and her Aunt as we were out for a walk. Yes, the drifts are actually that big!"

It's no surprise shipments in and out of St. John's were delayed, considering some of the highways around the capital city couldn't even be sighted yesterday. Supermarket shelves remain empty. As of today, Saturday, doctors, nurses and veterinarians are allowed to go back to work.

Meanwhile, more snow is on the way for Sunday night across Newfoundland. A general 10-20 cm is expected (10-15 cm expected in St Johns-Metro).


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