Fiona slams Canada’s Atlantic coast, wipes out homes and knocks out power to thousands

Fiona, now A Post-tropical The tornado had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph — the force of a A category 1 hurricane — 2 p.m. and Saturday, with its center moving over the Gulf of St. Lawrence and east of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, the U.S. National Hurricane Center. said.

Some coastal homes collapsed, and a handful of dilapidated buildings fell into the ocean or were surrounded by floodwaters in Newfoundland and Labrador, images sent from the province on Saturday morning showed.

In the province’s coastal Channel-Port aux Basques city, “we’ve already had homes … and things washed away,” Mayor Brian Button said. said In a Facebook video Saturday morning. Dangerous storm surges — seawater pushed onto land — were expected, forecasters said said.
Rene Roy, Editor-in-Chief Wreckhouse PressA local news outlet described the scene of carnage in the storm: uprooted trees, at least eight nearby homes swept away by a violent storm surge, cabins swept away, a boat swept into the middle of a local playground by floodwaters.
“I lived through Hurricane Juan, and it was a foggy day compared to this monster,” Roy, 50, told CNN. Hurricane Juan It hit the Canadian coast in 2003 as a Category 2 storm, causing extensive damage by downing power lines and trees. “What’s happening here is surreal,” Roy added.

Roy told CNN that he had left his home and was staying with a relative in higher ground. He didn’t know if his house was still standing, and emergency crews stopped driving to check on him. They warned that doing so was unsafe.

A picture of Terry Osmond, who lives in another area The building collapsed in Channel-Port aux Basques, surrounded by seawater, and scattered wood and other debris scattered across the city.

“Never in my lifetime has there been so much destruction … in our area,” Osmond, 62, wrote to CNN.

A woman was rescued from water after her home collapsed in the city Saturday afternoon, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. She was taken to the hospital; The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, police said.

About 30 minutes’ drive to the east, several buildings collapsed in the coastal Newfoundland community of the Burnt Islands. Video posted by Beus Scott on Facebook showed. Houses — or parts of them — collapsed into piles, debris strewn across land and seawater.

Mayer says devastation ‘breathtaking’

More than half a million utility customers were without power in Atlantic Canada Saturday afternoon, including more than 364,000 in Nova Scotia and more than 85,000 in Prince Edward Island.

Restoring power is one of authorities’ biggest priorities, Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said during a news conference Saturday, describing “shocking” damage across the province, including washed-out roads, downed trees and communities strewn with downed power lines.

But weather conditions were still severe in many areas and crews hadn’t begun to assess and repair the damage, said Peter Gregg, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. More than 900 electrical technicians are on their way to the area, but with parts of the province still experiencing stormy conditions, some customers could be without power for several days, Gregg said.

A worker removes fallen trees and downed wires in Halifax on September 24, 2022.
The storm made landfall in the dark early Saturday morning, crossing the province’s Cape Breton Island in eastern Nova Scotia, between Conshaw and Guysborough. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in Cape Breton He asked people to take shelter in that place.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality wrote Authorities on Twitter late Saturday afternoon urged residents to stay sheltered and not travel as telecommunications systems made it difficult to get information.

“There are more than 70 road closures and hazards,” it warned.

About 100 people were forced to evacuate after a roof collapsed on an apartment complex west of the landslide in Nova Scotia’s capital Halifax, Mayor Mike Savage told CNN on Saturday.

“The scale of this storm is breathtaking,” Savage said at a news conference later Saturday. “It was all predicted.”

In Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, police Tweeted Photos of the damage including the collapsed roof of the house.

“The conditions are like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Charlottetown police tweeted early Saturday morning.

Georgina Scott surveys the damage on her street in Halifax on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Fiona could become Canada’s Superstorm Sandy

After crossing the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fiona should reach the lower north shore of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador late Saturday. Canadian Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane winds blew in on Saturday morning In some parts of Maritime Canada, speeds are typically 70 to 95 mph (110 to 150 km/h). According to Environment Canada, winds gusted to 111 mph (179 km/h) at midnight in Arisike, Nova Scotia.

Rain totals of up to 10 inches could fall in some places, and significant flooding is possible, forecasters said said.
The storm has already claimed at least five lives and left millions without power Islands in the Caribbean and Atlantic Earlier this week.
A fallen tree is seen on a road as Fiona hits Prince Edward Island on Saturday.
Fiona can Canadian edition Aug Superstorm Sandy, Canadian Hurricane Center manager Chris Fogarty said before Fiona hit. In 2012, Sandy affected 24 states and the Eastern Seaboard, causing $78.7 billion in damage.

An unofficial wind pressure of 931.6 mb was recorded on Saturday Fiona is expected to make landfall on Hart Island, Canada’s lowest pressure ever recorded, according to the Canadian Hurricane Center.

Workers lift a downed wire to allow machines to access fallen trees in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday.

Similarities with Superstorm Sandy of 2012

Fiona is one Type 4 The storm moved over the Atlantic early Wednesday morning after passing the Turks and Caicos and weakened as it neared Canada until late Friday afternoon.
It became Post-tropical Instead of having a warm core before making landfall, the storm now has a cold core. It does not affect the storm’s ability to generate strong winds, rain and storm surges, it just means that the storm’s internal dynamics have changed.
Fiona's Path, until 10 a.m. ET Saturday.
Fiona also approached Canada as a trough of low pressure and cold air to the north Sandy Bob Robichaud of the Canadian Hurricane Center did.

“Sandy is expected to be bigger than Fiona. But the process is basically the same, where you have two elements feeding off each other to create a strong storm like we’re going to see,” he said Friday.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, hurricane-force winds extended 115 miles from Fiona’s center, while tropical-storm-force winds reached 405 miles, According to US National Hurricane Center.
Fiona’s large swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents not only in Atlantic Canada, but also along the northeast coast of the United States and Bermuda, the hurricane’s epicenter. said.

CNN’s Allison Chinchar, Hannah Sarisohn, Sharif Paget, Derek Van Dam, Haley Brink, Aya Elamroussi, Theresa Waldrop and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.

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