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Massive ice storm slams Eastern Canada

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Eastern Canada is now fully in the grip of a widespread weather system that is coating the entire region in ice.

There are at least 350,000 people without power in Southern Ontario and it could stay that way for another three days.

Environment Canada meteorologist Mel Lemmon says the storm moved into Atlantic Canada overnight.

“Certain parts of New Brunswick got freezing rain for a good part of the night. Currently that has spread to a good portion of Nova Scotia, we’re expecting that to continue through the morning period and into the day.”

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is calling the storm one of the worst in the city’s history.

He says the city isn’t declaring a state of emergency but says that could change if the winds pick up and snap more tree branches.

There are long lines of travellers at Toronto’s Pearson airport trying to sort out travel plans.

There are tons of flight cancellations at airports in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s.