Gale-force winds tore through Newfoundland and Labrador on Saturday, leaving 70,000 people without power.
Wind speeds as high as 180 km/h blew roofs off buildings (or blew buildings off foundations entirely) and downed power lines, in what Environment Canada said was the strongest storm to hit the province in a decade.
— Steven Windsor (@stevenawindsor) March 11, 2017
Despite the frightening weather, some Newfoundlanders met the storm with grace and good humour on Twitter.
Holy crap! The wind was so strong last night that it blew the time ahead!!!! #nlwx
— Claralee Rideout (@ClaraleeRideout) March 12, 2017
— Hugh Campbell (@HughVsDignity) March 12, 2017
Some descriptions of the situation were a little ... understated.
— Phil Smith (@prsmith3x0) March 11, 2017
— Jeremy Eaton (@Jeremy_Eaton) March 11, 2017
The conditions didn't make it easy to drive.
In St. John's, 72 intersections were without traffic lights on Sunday morning.
— Pat Higgins (@PatHigginsHomes) March 11, 2017
Many were met with unwelcome surprises:
— Earl Noble (@Noble41) March 10, 2017
— Rob LeDrew (@RobLeDrew) March 11, 2017
Others tried to take the situation in stride:
— Zack of all Games (@zackofallgames) March 12, 2017
— CBC NL (@CBCNL) March 8, 2017
Curling fans kept themselves entertained after power went out at the Brier championship.
— Cheryl (@cheryl_norman) March 11, 2017
Newfoundlanders did more than just help each other laugh during the difficult time. Cities opened up warming centres for people and their pets without power, and crews worked through the terrifying conditions to get homes and businesses back up and running.
— CBC NL (@CBCNL) March 12, 2017
Blizzard warnings stayed in effect for the region on Sunday, according to Environment Canada.
Stay safe and warm out there.
— Perla Hernandez (@Perla_hg) March 12, 2017
—With files from The Canadian Press