A Storm Fionalost steam and became a post-tropical phenomenon after it hit Canada’s east coast with gusts of wind on Saturday, leaving a woman missing and half a million homes without power.
With maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour, Fiona hit, this Sunday (25), “northern Newfoundland, southeastern Labrador, and parts of southeastern Québec with strong winds”, said the Canadian Hurricane Center (CFC, in an acronym in English), emphasizing , however, that “this wind will lessen by the end of the day”.
Two women were swept away in the Channel-Port aux Basques, in the province of Terra Nova, a police spokesman said. One of the two victims was rescued and hospitalized, and the other is still missing.
At least 20 homes were destroyed, and the area looks like a “war zone,” Channel-Port-aux-Basques Mayor Brian Button said in a video posted on Facebook. According to him, residents are advised to take shelter in local schools.
“Fiona came and left her mark on Nova Scotia and its neighboring provinces,” explained the head of government for the region, Tim Houston, during a press conference held yesterday afternoon. “It’s not over yet,” he warned.
As of Saturday evening, nearly 500,000 homes were without power in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Some homes will be without power “for a few days”, warned Nova Scotia Power’s managing director Peter Gregg. “It will take time for Nova Scotia to recover. I just ask for everyone’s patience,” Houston said in a statement.
192 millimeters of rain and 12 meter high waves hit Nova Scotia — where Fiona is landed on Saturday morning with sustained winds of 144 km/h — and western Newfoundland, according to weather services.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who canceled his appearance at Shinzo Abe’s funeral in Japan to monitor the situation closely, announced on Twitter on Saturday that federal authorities stood ready to “provide additional resources to the province”.
“I’m thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Fiona. Please know that we are with you,” Trudeau tweeted. Fiona passed through Bermuda on Friday (23), after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, leaving at least seven people dead: four in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one in Guadeloupe.
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