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Fiona: Officials will begin to assess the extent of the storm damage

After hitting Atlantic Canada, Post-Tropical Storm Fiona moved inland into southeastern Quebec, with Environment Canada saying the storm will continue to weaken as it crosses southeastern Labrador and the Labrador Sea.

As of 6 a.m. local time, nearly 267,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were still affected by outages, 82,414 Maritime Electric customers remained in the dark and more than 20,600 homes and businesses in New Brunswick were without power. , with some provincial utility companies warning it could be days before the lights go back on for everyone.

Newfoundland Power reported outages affecting more than 3,600 customers as high-end tropical storm-force winds toppled trees and power lines, although Environment Canada said winds would ease in the morning.

In an update early Sunday morning, Environment Canada said strong winds continued over northern Newfoundland, southeastern Labrador and parts of southeastern Quebec.

A wind warning remained in effect for the western portion of the northern peninsula of Newfoundland, while storm warnings are in place for parts of the northeast Gulf and Strait of Belle Isle marine areas.

As Fiona continued to weaken, government officials across Eastern Canada prepared to assess the full extent of the damage left behind.

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston and several members of his cabinet were due to tour some of Cape Breton’s hardest-hit areas by helicopter on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who canceled his planned visit to Japan for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he would visit as soon as possible, while noting he did not want to move any teams urgency that focuses on important work. on the ground.

Defense Minister Anita Anand said Saturday that members of the Canadian Armed Forces had begun preparing to respond ahead of Nova Scotia’s request for assistance, and that troops will be deployed to other provinces requesting assistance.

No details were provided on the number of troops deployed, but Anand said reconnaissance was underway to ensure they get to where and when they are most needed.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 25, 2022.

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