One of the worst storms in years continues to pound away at eastern New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces with blizzard conditions and exceedingly high waves in some sections. Winds have been clocked as high as 101 mph earlier this afternoon at a buoy some 20 miles off the Maine coastal town of Jonesport. Earlier in the day, there were wind gusts as high as 82 mph in Nantucket, Massachusetts along with wind-whipped heavy snow of up to 10 inches. These wind gusts may have been the highest recorded in Nantucket since the superstorm of March 1993. Waves as high as 45 feet are beginning to batter Nova Scotia, Canada and its capitol city, Halifax, is all but shut down for the day. This storm intensified at quite astonishing rates from late last night into this morning with an amazing drop in atmospheric pressure of 43 millibars in less than 24 hours. This easily meets the criteria of rapid intensification known to crazy meteorologists as “bombogenesis” which only requires a drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours. The latest pressure reading of the storm is around 964 millibars (and still falling) and this is equivalent to a category 3 hurricane.