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.
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.
Mayer says devastation ‘breathtaking’
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.
“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.”
“The conditions are like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Charlottetown police tweeted early Saturday morning.
Fiona could become Canada’s Superstorm Sandy
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.
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.
Similarities with Superstorm Sandy of 2012
“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.
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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