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Newfoundland, Jan 18 (Canadian-Media): Smashing blizzard continued to grip much of eastern Newfoundland Saturday morning with record breaking snowfall of 69 centimetres that fell by late Friday beating a record for a one-day snowfall that had fallen since April 5, 1999, when 68.4 fell, media reports said.
Blizzard in Newfoundland. Image credit: Facebook
About 16,000 Newfoundland Power customers were without power through the night.
There was power outages in pockets from St. John's to Grand Falls-Windsor, including all of Bell Island, large swaths of the capital city and neighbouring towns
There was a little relief from the subsiding of the high winds that had racked the island.
A state of emergency in St. John's and in numerous other municipalities remains in effect meaning that businesses must close, and vehicles must stay off roads and residents were to remain inside and off the roads.
With the blizzard bringing 76.2 centimetres of snow to St. John's International Airport, all flights All flights in and out of St. John's International Airport are cancelled
Northeast coast of Newfoundland, which covers scores of coastal communities was also under the storm surge warning
Strong waves reached the third floor of John Norman, the mayor of Bonavista's home around 11 p.m.
"I assumed being one of those residents being close to the water I'd hear something ... but to hear it go over your roof and rain down over your roof, it's quite something," he said.
"It seemed like a hurricane, with snow."
Norman said residents must stay inside, despite the snow tapering off.
"There is no way for us to rescue someone if they go out … There is just no way to launch a search party right now."
"We're getting roofs blowing off houses, people trapped in their cars — an assortment of everything, I'll say...The salt is gathering on the poles, and sparking up some fires on the poles," said Dean Foley, platoon chief for the St. John's Regional Fire Department.
More than 100 requests for help were received as of Friday evening by snowplows with the Department of Transportation and Works.
"Severe weather conditions and impassable roads currently preventing our crews from safely accessing storm-related outage areas," a Newfoundland Power advisory said Saturday morning
Residents in the historic neighbourhood of the Battery in St. John's had been asked by the firefighters Friday around 8 p.m to evacuate after an avalanche of snow smashed into a home, sending heavy snow through the building.
With the the storm continuing, a family in a rural area in Conception Bay is searching for their missing son. Josh Wall, 26, left his Roaches Line home to walk to a friend's house at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and has not been heard from since.
He later told his parents he was going to visit a friend in Marysvale, and decided to leave on foot around 12:30 p.m. after he couldn't get a taxi.