– This is worse than we expected, mayor Brian Button told the TV channel CBC.
“Fiona” was brought down from the storm before hitting Canada with gusts of up to 38 meters per second on Saturday. Meteorologists have warned that the storm could bring hurricanes, large amounts of rain and huge waves.
In the town of Channel-Port Port aux Basques, located on the coast of Newfoundland, several people lost their homes after several were washed ashore.
Large puddles of water caused landslides in several places. The streets had been washed away by masses of water.
– It’s total destruction, says Button.
On Friday, some residents of the town living closest to the coast were urged to evacuate. On Saturday morning they were required to do so.
– We will force people out of their homes if necessary, said Button.
Strong winds caused power lines to break, and there was flooding in the town hall. There are also problems with the water supply.
– Without a doubt, this is the scariest thing I have ever seen in my life, local journalist Rene Roy told the BBC.
Many have lost cellular signal and internet connection.
– Many houses turned into piles of ruins in the sea. This is a really lost apartment building, Roy said.
The woman was washed in the sea
According to police, a woman was swept overboard in the Channel-Port aux Baques. He is in missing status.
Another woman ends up in a lake after her house collapses. He was rescued and taken to hospital, police officer Jolene Garland told CBC.
In the province Nova Scotland 415,000 customers were affected by the blackout on Saturday morning.
In Prince Edward Island province, 82,000 were without power, while another 44,000 were without power in New Brunswick, Canada’s electricity supplier said.
“Fiona” has the strongest low pressure on record and has made landfall in Canada, the country’s hurricane center said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he has provided federal aid to the province of Nova Scotia.
– Soldiers will be mobilized to help with the cleanup work, he signed Twitter.
The storm caused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to postpone a trip to Japan, where he was supposed to attend former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral on Tuesday.
Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Saturday that troops were deployed to remove fallen trees and assist with other clean-up, as well as restore transport links. He hasn’t given a figure for how many troops will be helping.
Storm “Fiona” moved from the Caribbean. At least eight people died when Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were attacked about a week ago. Almost everyone in Puerto Rico lost power, about half the customers are still waiting to get it back.
Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Center, described the storm as “historic”.
– Seems like this song has the potential to break every record in Canada and now it looks like it. We are not finished with this, Hubbard told Reuters.
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