Halifax navy base closes, several thousand sent home

As a blizzard continues to kick up snow in Halifax, many services and stores are closed, including CFB Halifax. So what does that mean for people living in Nova Scotia?

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre still operating

HMCS Halifax, right, and HMCS Athabaskan are pictured in this file photo out of the harbour in Halifax. They won't be moving on Friday. Most of the crews are off of the seven frigates and destroyers based in Halifax as a storm hits Halifax. (The Canadian Press)

As a blizzard continues to kick up snow in Halifax, many services and stores are closed, including CFB Halifax.

The base in Shearwater is closed for everyone except essential people.

That means several thousand sailors and civilians have been sent home and only essential personnel are left.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is still operational and staffed.

Most of the sailors are off of the seven frigates and destroyers based in Halifax. Training and routine work has been cancelled.

About 7,500 sailors, air personnel and civilians work at CFB Halifax