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Storm in Atlantic Canada affects travellers across the country

A severe winter storm that battered the northeastern United States reached Atlantic Canada Monday. The weather has left around 26, 000 homes and businesses without power in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and disrupted the travel plans of some on the west coast.

Flights across Canada and the United States have been affected by the poor weather conditions. In Vancouver, two Air Canada flights to Newark, New Jersey were cancelled Monday. A Cathay Pacific flight to New York City's JFK airport had been delayed by over three hours as of 5:30 PST, Monday.

By noon EST, 206 flights at Pearson airport in Toronto had been cancelled, The Globe and Mail reported. Flights to Moncton, Fredericton, New York and Newark were affected.

In the northeastern United States, the storm brought the heaviest December snowfall in six decades. Airlines have been forced to cancel over 6, 000 flights since yesterday. Several people from Metro Vancouver were left stranded at New York airports.

The severe weather disrupted the plans of travellers who are heading home or visiting family and friends after the Christmas weekend. VO reader Mairi Welman's friends in New York had to cancel their trip to Vancouver.

"[They] were coming here (and Whistler) to visit for a week [but] have just cancelled their trip after two days of delayed flights," she wrote on VO's Facebook page.

This is the fourth major storm to hit Atlantic Canada in the past month.

Environment Canada has issued warnings for a 2, 000 km stretch of the Atlantic Coast. Forecasters have predicted blizzard conditions for northeastern New Brunswick with heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 100 km per hour. In the rest of the province, 20 to 30 centimetres of snow are expected to fall.

The storm is likely to add a greater financial burden to New Brunswick's already strained economy. Last week, the province lost millions of dollars in storm damage to houses, beaches and tourist attractions.


The CBC reported that flights were slowly returning to normal at Toronto's Pearson airport on Tuesday. 133 flights, or 10.8 per cent of flights, were cancelled, down from the more than 200 flights that were cancelled Monday.


Thousands of Maritimers remained without power Tuesday morning but most weather watches and warnings were over.

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