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12/18/2007

Canada suffers snowstorm's wrath

WINTER CHILL ACROSS NORTH AMERICA: 16 DECEMBER,

Breaking Storm News

Canada
A snowstorm that caused major disruption in eastern Canada and the north-eastern US still has Canada's Atlantic provinces in its grip. The storm, which began on Saturday, was ONE OF THE WORST IN THE REGION FOR DECADES. Some 20,000 people in the province of New Brunswick were without power as high winds tore down power lines. The driving snow and sleet were blamed for several deaths over the weekend, and caused widespread travel problems. The weather system has moved north-eastwards to Newfoundland and Labrador after hitting the Great Lakes area, eastern Canada and New England on Sunday. Residents throughout the affected regions were trapped in their homes, after the storm dumped as much as 50cm (20in) of snow. The snowstorm, which had earlier hit the Midwestern US, brought blizzards, hail, freezing rain and high winds to Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces of Canada late on Saturday and throughout Sunday. Slippery roads in the US were blamed for four deaths in Indiana, two in Michigan and one in Wisconsin and one in Pennsylvania. Around 160,000 customers were left without electricity in parts of Pennsylvania on Sunday after heavy snow damaged power lines. The snowfall comes less than a week after an ice storm claimed 38 lives in the Midwest, most of them in road accidents. Tens of thousands of people in the affected areas of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri still have no electricity.

Since mid-November, nearly half of the usual snowfall for an ENTIRE winter has blanketed these parts.



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