Ferocious winds, rain and snow drubbed Atlantic Canada on Thursday as a massive storm landed at the region's doorstep.
The wild weather, dubbed a "weather bomb," shut down schools and disrupted air travel services as winds reached 170 km/h in some areas in Nova Scotia.
As they braced for the storm, Atlantic Canadians took to social media to share some of their experiences.
Some just had to face the storm up close:
Okay. That's enough fun for one day. (Back at it tomorrow at 6am.) pic.twitter.com/JkxWezMRLL— Brett Ruskin (@Brett_CBC) January 4, 2018
Saw buddy in plaid pyjama pants chase his garbage can down the street today and every time he reached out to grab it the wind would blow it further out of reach. The look of elation on his face when he caught it and walked that half block home tho. He won.👊 #NBstorm— jny (@jnylovesmusic) January 5, 2018
While others took a more strategic and warm approach:
I still have power... so I'm practicing with power (for now!! #atlstorm).— Maureen Batt (@operaredhead) January 4, 2018
💗💗💗this piece by @mormolyke and text by Lauren Rile Smith. Come to "In Her Eyes" this Sat at 2pm to hear it! @upstreamhalifax @OWF2018#practicetweets#stormlooper
More info: https://t.co/y4PXMWcsQjpic.twitter.com/gwNCOdmrfW
With schools closed, parents relished the extra quality time they had with their kids:
Kids fell asleep instantly because I threatened to take their flashlights if they stayed up chatting. Wow that was super effective. #nsstorm— Heather Laura Clarke (@HFXHeather) January 5, 2018
It's been minutes since we last had WiFi.... the children have come out of their rooms and started talking.... to me.... #nsstorm— Moosie Moose Moose (@TheHRMMoose) January 4, 2018
Cooking and baking were staples, even if there was no power:
And Storm Chips were essential:
Well.....nothing survived in this picture. ...and a few other things in a can not shown. It was gunna happen storm or not :) #sogood! #bombcyclone2018#stormchips@CBchipsfirstname.lastname@example.org/fct64CElel— EastCoastBeerNerds (@ecbeernerds) January 5, 2018
Of course, who can forget the storm wine?
530pm power out in my area of Colby. WiFi and Bluetooth turned off. Flameless candles on. Storm wine poured. 🍷 cheers! #NSStorm— Sarah G (@r_c_g_c) January 4, 2018
On Friday, works crews spread out across the region to restore power to tens of thousands of residents who woke up in the dark due to outages.
In Nova Scotia, an official told The Canadian Press that while it was still early to assess the full extent of the damages, strong winds and heavy rain have littered some roadways with debris.
Our crews are encountering fallen trees, damaged roads and debris today as they work to restore power. Here are a few pictures to show the significant damage caused by the storm. #NSStormpic.twitter.com/SPdicn5Pqu— Nova Scotia Power (@nspowerinc) January 5, 2018
Linda Libby, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said the storm system was expected to move toward Anticosti Island as it tracked up the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Labrador.
With files from The Canadian Press
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